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    hi after going to remove my sump bolt for its first service i noticed the torx insert screw bit (if you know what i meen) has been slightly rounded off and as i started to loosen it it was just getting worse. i have tried grips to remove it but to no avail.

    anyone got any tips or suggesgions on it as i dont want to pay a garage all that money to do a simple job.

    thanks in advance

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    Knock a notch radially in the outer edge, and then hit tangentially to loosen, applying some turn force with the torx bit will assist the intial crack.

    Then refit a new plug and O ring.

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    You may be able to bang a bigger torx head in but remember you are going to need a new one and o ring before the old one comes out as if you get it out you are unlikely to get the torque needed to tighten it back up.

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    beaten to it!

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    ok yea i was thinking the chisl was the way forward, i have the o ring but not the plug looks like another trip to vaux tomorrow lol is this a regular occourance?

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    Yes, the original factory fit is very tight.

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    IIRC the newer vecs 55 onwards dont have torx inset they have an external hex for a spanner.

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    If the threads are identical it would be well worth the purchase of the newer type of sump nut. Then a good ring or socket would prevent this problem occuring again. Dont do the nut up to tight as it should only be torqued up to 14Nm /10 lbf lb if a 1.8 or 20/ 15 if a 1.9 oiler.

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    sorted now lads i just tapped in a slightly bigger/ longer torx bit and hey presto, fitted a new plug mind and service now complete thanks

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