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Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? #4503840
08/31/17 07:31 PM
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Kevinmcc2 Offline OP
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So I recently just noticed my drain plug gasket is finally leaking. Its the OE from 03 so its to be expected.

So I went to Advance and got a replacement but instead of a metal one like OEM, they gave me a nylon/plastic version? Are these pretty reliable?

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/felp...ain+plug+gasket

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4503871
08/31/17 08:12 PM
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Huh? Oil plug gaskets typically last for the life of the vehicle, failure is not expected. You didn't put some kind of oil flush chemical in that ate up the original gasket did you?

Regardless, yes it should be fairly reliable, but don't over-torque and crush it.

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Dave9] #4503891
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The gasket on the plug atm is pretty much non existent after 13 years and many many oil changes.

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4503922
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^ No. I have never had to change one and most of my repairs were on 10+ year old vehicles. Wherever you're getting this misinformation, you should avoid that source.

It is not, at, all, expected. Just no... unless as I already wrote, someone dumped some chemical cleaner in that ate it up.

Last edited by Dave9; 08/31/17 09:46 PM.
Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4503947
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Kevinmcc2 Offline OP
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Not saying I doubt you but, ive owned the car the whole time never had anything else but oil in it. The drain plug has been leaking for a while now and it is torqued to the correct spec. Not sure what else to say.

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4503948
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Oil drain plug gaskets should be changed every time.

Copper, aluminum, plastic, nylon - buy a bag of them for your and you don't have to worry about it.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: rooflessVW] #4503954
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Oil drain plug gaskets should be changed every time.

Copper, aluminum, plastic, nylon - buy a bag of them for your and you don't have to worry about it.


+1

Never heard of someone re-using it for life of vehicle. They arent expensive.


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Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Rolla07] #4503974
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I understand they arent expensive, but my concern is should I get a metal gasket for next change or will nylon be fine?

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4503985
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Originally Posted By: Kevinmcc2
I understand they arent expensive, but my concern is should I get a metal gasket for next change or will nylon be fine?

You're fine for this change.

You should get a new washer for the next change. And the next change. Metal or nylon, doesn't matter if you change it every time.


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Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4504008
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Back in the 1070's, I used a plastic/nylon/poly for many oil changes. Don't know the material, but lasted for many oil changes over the years I owned the car. AMC Javelin.

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Rolla07] #4504013
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Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Oil drain plug gaskets should be changed every time.

Copper, aluminum, plastic, nylon - buy a bag of them for your and you don't have to worry about it.


+1

Never heard of someone re-using it for life of vehicle. They arent expensive.
the cost isnt a factor usually-its just having one around when the oil change happens that sucks! Most people don't plan as far as the gasket when they pick up their favorite oil and ecore at Walmart


too many cars and oil combinations to list in 150 characters or less
Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Dave9] #4504015
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Originally Posted By: Dave9
Huh? Oil plug gaskets typically last for the life of the vehicle, failure is not expected. You didn't put some kind of oil flush chemical in that ate up the original gasket did you?


Not exactly. We've had several vehicles that used a drain plug with a rubber gasket built in, after a while they loose their thickness and leak. Recently changed the plug on the Liberty because it was seeping, and it wasn't cause it was loose (fact that thing was tight!), the rubber was just shot. It was the first change for us anyway and that's a mandatory item for me. Also had a vehicle with the nylon, no issues with them as I changed them out every couple oil changes.

Now the GTI on the other hand has a goofy plastic plug and rubber o-ring. I replace those every time contrary to people saying they can be reused.


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'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 22K - PP 0w20
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Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4504102
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Drain plug gasket is one part where I always go OEM. Cheap and certain to work. Changing the gasket every time is a waste. Change it when they start to leak - the leaks always start small so you're not going to lose much by waiting until the next OCI.


92 Suburban 2500 7.4L 58k M1_0w40 5yr OCI
99 Olds Aurora 4.0L 91K M1_5w30 5yr OCI
13 Dodge Dart 2.0L 30k PP 0w20 OLM OCI
70 Camaro 5.7L 59k
Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4504126
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I can't remember the last time I have replaced a drain plug washer, though I can see it being necessary if a previous owner over-tightened the plug. I don't understand these people who replace it every time they change the oil! My FSM actually says to inspect it and replace if damaged.


"Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile." John Dodge

Re: Plastic/Nylon Oil Drain Plug Gasket?? [Re: Kevinmcc2] #4504177
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Toyota and Honda use a one time use only crush washer. I like doing things the correct way, so I always have a stock of these in my garage. Continuing to reuse a one time use only crush washer is pretty retarded. The oil pans are aluminum, and they are designed to crush at the correct torque level. If you reuse a crush washer, you have to tighten them more and more each time, which could strip out your threads, as you have to tighten them more than they are designed typically to prevent leaks.

My GM has a rubber gasket built into the drain plug that can be reused over and over again until the rubber breaks down.

I have also found that the Toyota crush washers work perfect on my motorcycles, so I use them for that application as well.

What car is the OP talking about?

To the OP, I wouldnt use those junk universal gaskets from AA. I would buy an OEM drain plug, and OEM gaskets, for the next oil change.


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13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
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