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Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC #5286248 12/05/19 05:29 PM
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I changed my sons oil yesterday and discovered the drain plug head was partially rounded over from where the last OC place changed his oil. I tried using a 6 point socket, chisel and nothing worked. My last option was to weld a nut on the end of the DP and that did the trick. This was on his 2008 Ford Ranger and the DP was somewhat hard to get to. Here is a picture if anyone is interested. By the way the head on the DP was a 13 MM. I welded a 3/4 nut on to it, and replaced with a new DP. [Linked Image]
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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286252 12/05/19 05:35 PM
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Right there you have proof positive that you don’t get mechanical superstars working at oil change joints. Some people just cannot be trusted around air tools🙈. Yet another reason why it’s always better just to do it yourself. No matter how bad you screw it up you can’t do any worse.....

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Originally Posted by Driz
Right there you have proof positive that you don’t get mechanical superstars working at oil change joints. Some people just cannot be trusted around air tools🙈. Yet another reason why it’s always better just to do it yourself. No matter how bad you screw it up you can’t do any worse.....

I'm 75 and still change oil in my engines and trans. I have been doing this for about 55 years because of just what you said.


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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286281 12/05/19 06:12 PM
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They do make special sockets for rounded bolt heads.

[Linked Image from northerntool.com]

Much simpler than trying to weld a nut on.

Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: atikovi] #5286284 12/05/19 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
They do make special sockets for rounded bolt heads.

[Linked Image from northerntool.com]

Much simpler than trying to weld a nut on.


Sure they do, for the ladies that can't tig weld. LOL

Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #5286289 12/05/19 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
They do make special sockets for rounded bolt heads.

[Linked Image from northerntool.com]

Much simpler than trying to weld a nut on.


Sure they do, for the ladies that can't tig weld. LOL

I n this case MIG weld. thankyou


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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286295 12/05/19 06:22 PM
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Hope you disconnected BOTH battery cables before you welded that thing otherwise you may have fried any number of computers on the truck.

Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286309 12/05/19 06:35 PM
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Yep, welding seems drastic when there are the "Nut Extractors" (shoot, why do I hate that name?!?!?)
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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286312 12/05/19 06:37 PM
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I service friend's cars cuz I enjoy it. I keep extra Honda and Toyota drain plugs on hand. And various warshers...
If the vehicle's drain plug is rounded or it does not spin out easily, in the trash it goes.

By the way, bravo to Tig1. Well done.

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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: paoester] #5286326 12/05/19 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by paoester
Yep, welding seems drastic when there are the "Nut Extractors" (shoot, why do I hate that name?!?!?)
[Linked Image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com]

No room for that in this case. I may have removed a thousand or more bolts for one reason or another by welding on them. I welded in a machine shop for nearly 24 years. Welding makes a secure way to loosen bolts and the heat will most often help to release the bolt.


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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: JeffKeryk] #5286327 12/05/19 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
I service friend's cars cuz I enjoy it. I keep extra Honda and Toyota drain plugs on hand. And various warshers...
If the vehicle's drain plug is rounded or it does not spin out easily, in the trash it goes.

By the way, bravo to Tig1. Well done.

Thanks. A welder is a vital tool in most any shop.


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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: atikovi] #5286330 12/05/19 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Hope you disconnected BOTH battery cables before you welded that thing otherwise you may have fried any number of computers on the truck.

Of course.


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M1 ATF and M1 LV HP ATF
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Nice work! Guess that was less bad than the idiots stripping out the pan and them putting a rubber plug in it (don't laugh, I've seen it). Probably worked better than my big ol' Vise-Grips would have!


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I have let my Hyundai dealer do my oil changes since the cars were new.
If they screw up the drain plug it's on them.
I'm too old to do this and dont want to do it anymore .
I pay the $50 and sip coffee in a nice waiting area,look at the new models in the showroom and when I leave my hands and clothes are clean.
And they always wash the car,thats worth $10 on it's own.


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Re: Drain plug with nut welder to it. PIC [Re: tig1] #5286346 12/05/19 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by tig1
Originally Posted by SubieRubyRoo
Originally Posted by atikovi
They do make special sockets for rounded bolt heads.

[Linked Image from northerntool.com]

Much simpler than trying to weld a nut on.


Sure they do, for the ladies that can't tig weld. LOL

I n this case MIG weld. thankyou

In this instance I meant tig as in tig1... I could see you had a little spatter and junk but the punny part was in the delivery. banana

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