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#2083499 - 11/21/10 08:01 PM How to remove toggle bolt drain plug???
Roger Offline


Registered: 06/11/02
Posts: 665
Loc: Fort Smith, AR
This is on my son's Escape. One of the quick change oil shops replaced the oem oil plug with dang this. It leaves about a 1 inch pool of oil on the garage floor every night no matter how tight I turn it. How in blazes do I get it out without dropping the pan?

Looks just like the toggle plug pictured 1/2 way down this page: oil plug toggle bolt



Edited by Roger (11/21/10 08:08 PM)

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#2083526 - 11/21/10 08:28 PM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Roger]
crazyoildude Offline


Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 5462
Loc: new jersey
these oil change places are not all bad but some are just real bad they tighten up bolts and filters like they are putting on lug nuts..
$600.00 for an oil pan? Maybe at the dealer..check prices and also look at a salvage yard we just picked up a pan for an engine we are rebuilding and we paid $75.00 in perfect condition for a nissan..

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#2083531 - 11/21/10 08:30 PM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Roger]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: apple valley, ca
Unscrew the part that you can access and don't worry about the other part thats stuck in the pan. It's too big to get sucked into the pump.
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#2083550 - 11/21/10 08:42 PM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Roger]
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Wonder if they stripped the pan threads out and used that as a cheapo fix.

Hope not.
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#2083554 - 11/21/10 08:44 PM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: JRed]
Chris142 Offline


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Originally Posted By: JRed
Wonder if they stripped the pan threads out and used that as a cheapo fix.

Hope not.
I'm sure they did.
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#2083675 - 11/21/10 11:12 PM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Chris142]
SAATR Offline


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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Originally Posted By: JRed
Wonder if they stripped the pan threads out and used that as a cheapo fix.

Hope not.
I'm sure they did.


Or were the unlucky saps that had to remove it after being cross threaded by the last oil change guy.

I'm surprised that most of these places don't have a thread chaser and a cache of single and double oversize plugs on hand. Would be a lot better than one of those bathtub stopper jobs.
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#2083748 - 11/22/10 01:13 AM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Roger]
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Registered: 07/13/03
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Loc: Tracy, CA
Even though you probably will not get any satisfaction, I'd bring the car back to the oil change place and get them to fix the situation. They should stand behind their work, no matter how shoddy it is.
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#2083753 - 11/22/10 01:17 AM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: Roger]
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Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 3216
Loc: Hesperia, CA, USA
Remove the bolt and use a heavy duty magnet to get the peice left in the drain pan, if it is not coming out just leave it, no way it can get sucked into the engine. Retap the plug to the next size up and its fixed.
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#2083770 - 11/22/10 02:46 AM Re: How to remove toggle bolt drain plug??? [Re: defektes]
Stu_Rock Offline


Registered: 09/23/09
Posts: 996
Loc: Houston, TX & SFbay, CA
Originally Posted By: defektes
Retap the plug to the next size up and its fixed.
This is a good idea. I hope it's a V6 model, because they have an M12 plug. You can go up to 1/2, 9/16, or 14 mm.

If it's a 4-cyl, I think it's already 14 mm. I don't know of any 5/8 or 16 mm drain plugs out there.

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