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    I have a 1.8i petrol 2002 Vectra C and wish to do an oil change, I have a Haynes Manual and it is saying to use a spanner to remove the drain plug but after going under the car to undertake the job I have discovered it is a spline or star type fitting.

    Does anyone know which it is and what size as I need to go buy a socket from Halfords to be able to do this little job.

    Cheers

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    Its a Torx fitting, a T45 if i remember correctly.. You can change it for a nice proper hex sump plug from Halfrauds when you do the job. I use T34 torx socket from Halfrauds for the job.. becareful to have the T45 in straight so as not to round off the fitting.. Because these can round off is why i say use a normal hex plug with a new brass washer (some use rubber oh er)
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    You have to be trying very hard to deliberately damage a torx headed bolt. They are specifically designed to resist camout/alignment damage if the correct bit is used. The only time I have ever seen damage to them is if someone tries to use an Allen key on it instead...

    Also, the rubber 'o'-ring requires much less tightening torque than a brass washer to make a good seal with the sump and prevent leaks. Despite this, some people still do them up to about 10,000 ft/lbs.

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    for some reason i typed T34 in post 2, i don't know why, i meant T45.
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
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    whatever they use on a sump plug some grease monkey uses a 3ft breaker bar to put so much torque on the next person to try and remove it fails. IIRC sump plugs are about 20 lb / ft torque. They dont need to be tightened like wheel nuts.

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    yep T45 changed mine saturday

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    get a new one before you start.splines strip very, very easy.don`t overtighten.

    I have a 1.8i petrol 2002 Vectra C and wish to do an oil change, I have a Haynes Manual and it is saying to use a spanner to remove the drain plug but after going under the car to undertake the job I have discovered it is a spline or star type fitting.

    Does anyone know which it is and what size as I need to go buy a socket from Halfords to be able to do this little job.

    Cheers[/quote]

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    as stated above, its a T45, just another socket to buy and add to your collection
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
    The wifes vec show car, started as a standard daily driver and ended up like this. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=709



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