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VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs #5192764 08/21/19 08:22 AM
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The newer VWs have a plastic drain plug that is removed by a quarter turn with a flat head screwdriver. There seems to be conflicting information about how many times this drain plug can be reused, so I am pinging fellow BITOG VW owners for advice.

Is it supposed to be replaced every OCI? If it is not to be replaced every OCI, how often should it be replaced or is it a lifetime part?


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192766 08/21/19 08:26 AM
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I'd replace it every other (or every other other) oil change.

Don't sweat it.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192772 08/21/19 08:33 AM
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I would think it depends how the seal is achieved. If the plug has an o-ring, then it can be reused many times, provided it does not crack with use, so I would be careful when removing/installing it. Avoiding oil change places and DIYing is probably a good idea.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192778 08/21/19 08:39 AM
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I think the general consensus is to replace it every time. They are under $5 (at my dealer anyways) so that's cheap insurance. Mine gets a new plug each oil change. I mean you replace the oil filter housing o-ring every time so why not the plug with new o-ring.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: Delta] #5192782 08/21/19 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Delta
Mine gets a new plug each oil change. I mean you replace the oil filter housing o-ring every time so why not the plug with new o-ring.

The oil filter housing is under pressure, the oil pan is not.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192810 08/21/19 09:25 AM
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Plastic???. What are these engineers thinking? As others have said guess it needs replacing every OCI.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192812 08/21/19 09:30 AM
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For those unfamiliar, this is what it looks like.

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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: Delta] #5192813 08/21/19 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Delta
I think the general consensus is to replace it every time. They are under $5 (at my dealer anyways) so that's cheap insurance. Mine gets a new plug each oil change. I mean you replace the oil filter housing o-ring every time so why not the plug with new o-ring.


I'm fine replacing every OCI, nothing I hate more than when the drain plug falls in the drain pan! This takes that worry away.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192817 08/21/19 09:33 AM
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Ford has a similar setup recently and some people never have an issue while others need a new one at every oil change.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192818 08/21/19 09:33 AM
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If it was me I'd change it every few oil changes. I'd also always have an extra one on hand before you do an oil change just in case the current one breaks.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192824 08/21/19 09:46 AM
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Is the oil pan plastic where the plug goes into? If so, wouldn't that wear out, too?


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: dishdude] #5192828 08/21/19 09:48 AM
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Personally I would not be concerned at all...ideally it would be included with the oil filter kit.


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Re: VW Plastic Oil Drain Plugs [Re: skyactiv] #5192831 08/21/19 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by skyactiv
Is the oil pan plastic where the plug goes into? If so, wouldn't that wear out, too?


Yea the pans are plastic, but are way "harder" than the plugs. Time will tell I guess.


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Just keep a spare. Eventually the plastic will get brittle and the slot for the screwdriver will wear. Then you need a new one. If it looks good and the oring is good, no wear, reinstall.

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I suppose the heat cycle will make the plastic brittle over time?

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