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    my sump plug has rounded off ops dont even ask i think the the last oil change it had someone might of used a windy gun that why im not having much luck and i am unable to get the ****** off anyone had to do this as i think i have tried everythink

    molegrips
    brotherin law has a tool that bites rounded off bolts but its to big for around the sump
    filing the side a little didnt help
    stilsons (sp)


    i have the replacment plug and washer but i dont think drilling it out will help as the lug is hollow halfway inside

    i did see on a how2 that cation doing the sump plug ****** me that part sjpuld be put in red bold and about font size 20 lol

    Any help greatful


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    Stop right now, go to plan B

    Plan B is .... get a range of torx fittings, offer them to it one by one and if you can get one to bite use that one, a fav is the straight edge ones and see if you can get it to wedge, it will then tear a lug point in the female slot and might just move it, use a bar extention as well, you wont get enough on it with just a wrench, might want to heat it up a bit as well to crack the seal, not too much though and mind you dont set something else alight, I have an atomiser of water handy when I do this type of thing.

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    Try an over size torx bit, tap it in with a hammer and give a turn. It should bite the internal surface and give enough grip.

    I used to suffer a similar problem with the retaining Allen bolts on the brake disc's of my old Renault (heat made them soft) usually using the above method sorted it.

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    Great minds eh VV

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    cheers chaps i will need to go and buy a torx set as the only ones i have are tiny

    cheers

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    try hammering a smaller socket over the rounded head too. that might help. Heat should do the trick
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickshift View Post
    Great minds eh VV

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    the worst i've had to resort to is a cold chisel and a hammer to drift it round till it 'cracked' off and turned easily..they are very tight..

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    I've had to use a small (half inch) cold chisel on the outer diameter before now.

    If you use this method, firstly drive in the chisel radially towards the centre of the plug, to form a recess and then place the chisel into the groove tangentially and drive it round with small hammer blows.

    Usually effective, but NEEDS CARE TO PREVENT DAMAGING OTHER STUFF and generally knackers the plug.


    Let us know how you get on.

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    yep.. uses my favorite tool....a rather large hammer.....did my dads CDTi one that way as they seem to be torqued up very tight at the factory..


    he does say as well that he's got a new plug..

    STE.. we're not agreeing again are we??...stoppit..:

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