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oil sump plug problems - rubber replacement can't find...

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by danharper, 10 May 2010.

  1. danharper

    danharper

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    hi

    bad day yesterday with rover and my S reg Vauxhall Arena van

    just an oil change, but a) sump plug had square inlet to take out, not a nut

    borrowed a friends sump plug ratchet head

    had to force it in as there is a bar under the sump that made it tight, then I coldn't get it back out!

    or the plug screwed back in, was leaking a bt before, maybe bad thread, was about to change the washer but think I finished the thread off as I had to pull it back out with a tow rope after 1 hours hammering and pulling - hope didn't jolt anything else in the engine whilst whacking it

    can't get it to screw back in, or a replacement

    ordered sump head keys to try one more time but thought maybe a universal rubber replacement? although can only trace them in the US, nothing online here in the UK....

    hole is aroun 0.75inches

    can't redrill larger hole due to bar under it and don't want to take the sump off with 20 oddd hard to reach bolts... also van was £500 so don't want to spend loads and don't have the money after rent and family!

    thanks
    Dan
     
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  3. Belle427

    Belle427

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    i cant imagine its that awkward to get at but if it is your going to have to take the sump off and either re tap the thread or fit a replacement
     
  4. Burnerman

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    As above - there isn't a good fix for this apart from removing the sump for a replacement. You may well have to remove that cross member too.
    I've never heard of rubber replacement sump plugs, and I sure wouldn't like to rely on one anyhow.....!
    John :)
     
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