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Dropped drain plug for the last time.. #4568598
11/09/17 08:28 AM
11/09/17 08:28 AM
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The Old North State
Sayjac Offline OP
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..hopefully. So recently did an oil and filter change and got to the oil drain plug. Had 5 mil gloves on and plug rather warm to hot, unscrew slowly thinking I have it under control. Wrong answer. Last thread plug with crush washer falls out off fingers and splashes in hot oil. Had cardboard down too, but oil still still makes a small mess outside the drain pan. Said to myself that's it going to get a magnetic drain plug tool.

Checked Amazon and ebay, ended up buying on ebay directly from AutoBodyNow ABN, ~$11. Magnet is strong, seems well made and like it will work well. Made in Taiwan. I have no relationship to ABN, just seemed the best value of the ones I looked at.

Also purchased a Flo Tool Less Mess drain pan at HD, <$5. Many times I feel the need for a longer drain pan than current circular one I've always used. The Less Mess is rectangular in shape and has filter drain area.



Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568604
11/09/17 08:44 AM
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Did you consider a Fumoto drain valve? They work for me. No mess.


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568606
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Now I think I need one...


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568608
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Looks like a good idea, I wait for the oil to cool off to barley warm but I have a lot more time to do these things now that I am retired.

Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: NormanBuntz] #4568615
11/09/17 08:50 AM
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Sayjac Offline OP
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Quote:
Did you consider a Fumoto drain valve?....

Not really. Certainly an option for some, since joining read pros and cons on them. Thinking this will work well for me.

Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568616
11/09/17 08:51 AM
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I dropped the plug once and it blocked the drain hole going into my drain pan/oil storage container. I had to reach into the relatively hot oil and fish it out immediately because the pan filled up real quick and almost overflowed. Disaster averted but it was close! Apartment management would not have liked that at all...

Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568623
11/09/17 08:55 AM
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Metal mesh (square screen) on top of your drain pan will keep it out of the oil. No need to use something with fine holes, even 1" square will work well sometimes although something closer to half inch is probably better if you can find it. Any metal supplier will have it, as well as most Home Depot-type stores.


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568646
11/09/17 09:12 AM
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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568658
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I dunno...from that video it seems like there's a bigger mess made by using the tool.


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: opus1] #4568670
11/09/17 09:27 AM
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Sayjac Offline OP
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I guess I'll know for sure when I do my next oil change in Jan. But thinking this will keep my fingers away from the warm/plug drain plug, farther away from warm/hot oil as it comes out and keep the drain plug out of the oil. The last being the primary goal. I'll update after I use it.

Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568698
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Been using one of those for over a year now. Great tool!

Not messy at all if used the right way. Keep the handle up and out of the way of the oil flow.
Strong magnet on there.


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: fcjeep] #4568721
11/09/17 10:10 AM
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Sayjac Offline OP
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^^Thanks for that info. Was thinking I would be using it more in the way you describe, handle up out of the way. Technique used in video more adapted to using a lift.

Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568722
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Stick a rare earth magnet on the side of a socket and use with an extension after you've broken the drain plug loose. Rare earth magnets are cheap on Ebay. The extension will keep your hands clean.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-100-Pcs-Disc-Block-Cube-Magnets-Rare-Earth-Neodymium-Magnet-N52-N48-ALL-Size/182800796460?hash=item2a8fc6cb2c:m:mlW2oMV-rddItEsZt11O5aA


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time.. [Re: Sayjac] #4568749
11/09/17 10:35 AM
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Never knew anything like this existed.
I see it as very useful for reinstalling plugs or bolts in those hard to get to areas.

I thought this was going to be a Fumoto post.


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Re: Dropped drain plug for the last time. [Re: Sayjac] #4568782
11/09/17 11:04 AM
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This is an issue because we insist on draining when it's hot. I have my own way of managing a dropped drain plug. I let it fall into the pan. When draining slows to drips, I replace the pan with a dedicated drip cup that I keep in my oil change bucket. This allows me to empty the pan, and retrieve the plug while it's still dripping. No special tools needed.

What also helps is that I've learned to do the oil filter first. I let the hot filter fall in the pan without a splash. My oil change bucket holds all the oily stuff, including old filters.

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