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    Went to do the oil change yesterday and some r-tard has rounded off the sump plug. I mole gripped and hammered the hell out of it for over an hour and it wouldn't budge.
    Before I take it to a garage for a £50 bill, has anyone got any suggestions?
    I've ordered another plug and washer.

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    If you get a small centre punch and use that to tap the sump plug round do undo it. The shock will normally release it.

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    I had this prob I drove on a smaller socket and it came of all so try water pipe stilsons this may all so work good luck with it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barlow View Post
    Went to do the oil change yesterday and some r-tard has rounded off the sump plug. I mole gripped and hammered the hell out of it for over an hour and it wouldn't budge.
    Before I take it to a garage for a £50 bill, has anyone got any suggestions?
    I've ordered another plug and washer.

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    Mole grips would have been my suggestion but you have tried that. I do not know how hard the metal of the plug is but is there any chance you can hammer on an imperial hex plug to try and force the sump plug to its shape, enough to get some purchase. Watch it does not slip and you end up in A&E though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedwillie View Post
    Mole grips would have been my suggestion but you have tried that. I do not know how hard the metal of the plug is but is there any chance you can hammer on an imperial hex plug to try and force the sump plug to its shape, enough to get some purchase. Watch it does not slip and you end up in A&E though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keif View Post
    If you get a small centre punch and use that to tap the sump plug round do undo it. The shock will normally release it.
    Tried that too mate.

    Quote Originally Posted by haye2412 View Post
    I had this prob I drove on a smaller socket and it came of all so try water pipe stilsons this may all so work good luck with it .
    Tried it. Hammered a 11mm on and it just slipped off.

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedwillie View Post
    Mole grips would have been my suggestion but you have tried that. I do not know how hard the metal of the plug is but is there any chance you can hammer on an imperial hex plug to try and force the sump plug to its shape, enough to get some purchase. Watch it does not slip and you end up in A&E though.
    Tried that too Willie. I've got a ton of Imperial stuff from when I had a Landy.

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    You can get some reverse cut stud extractors, the more you turn to loosen the bolt, the more they bite into the head.

    Bit like the ones used to remove locking wheel nuts!

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    I just don't know why these idiots do the sump plug up like it is meant to hold the car together!!!!!!! Only a wee nip needed to squash the washer........

    have you tried heating her up a bit and putting some wd40 (type stuff) around it???

    I've heard the irwin bolt/nut extractors are the bees knees though so as a last resort they'll get you out of the stook

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    Irwin bolts/nuts extractor is the way to go. Used them at the weekend and the sump plug came off easily. You just hammer on the 13mm till you get a grip, attach a bar to the rachet and off you go. You might have to use the 11mm if the bolt is well round though.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Irwin-Bolt...item2319401800

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    as the others have said bud IRWIN EXTRACTORS are the way to go ive a set of these and they worked a treat fella on my sump plug
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