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Thread: Serviced today, 1.9 cdti (150) Sump plug

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    Default Serviced today, 1.9 cdti (150) Sump plug

    So my first day of redundancy i thought i'd give the big girl a service since i had all day to do it. Got oil, oil filter, fuel filter and air filter. £40

    Got her over the pit and went to take out the oil plug, i noticed the head was a bit twisted so i was very clever and used an impact socket (6 sides only, usually a better fit), first turn and it just went rounded. The plug was made out of aluminium or something very f-ing soft, so with the help of dad we tried to use chisel on it, tapping it round didnt work but it did break a bit off the side of the lip. Tried filing down the sides again and using vice grips, waste of time. i went up to my uncles and got a set of extractors for if the worst came to the worst.

    Finally i got a small hacksaw, and cut the lip off the plug, then vice grips round this (more leverage than the 13mm head) and it finally turned.

    Oil filter was no drama, air filter a breeze, the fuel filter was a bit hard to get out of its housing but apart from that easy enough to change.

    Heres some pics of the offending plug, i was very happy to se the new one was a different metal, steel i think. I didnt check old one with a magent but im fairly sure its aluminium, such a stupid idea!

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    sorry to here abowt your redundancy but i will be joining u nxt friday

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    I had the opposite effect the other week when I done a between services oil change. My sump plug takes a 45 torx bit to undo only my NOT so cheap Halfords professional socket set was not up to job as I tried to undo the sump plug (with quite considerable effort) as torx bit snapped off. F*** I said to myself as it was the only one I had, so I then decided to use the 40 torx bit instead, this fitted with slight movement.... F**** I said again as that also snapped off. As you can imagine I was not too impressed with these Halfords Pro bits. I then had to go beg and borrow a another 45 bit off someone else who pulled out a Pound Shop special toolset but it done the job a treat and I got on with my oil change. I think I can safely say the plug was on too tight thanks to the stealers at the last service. Jus encase your interested Halfords exchanged the broken bits absolutely no problem, apparently have a lifetime guarantee. So was happy with that too.

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    I had a similar issue back in April of this year. I was unable to get the sump bung out at all and had to take it back to Vauxhall as they were the last people to service the car. It took them 2 days to get me the car back. They said that the sump bung is a real problem for them as they are made of aluminium type material which makes them soft and also with the heat of the engine and oil they tend to lock themselves like someone has used threadlock on them. Thankfully they did not charge me for their time or a new sump bung.

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    had the same with my 1.8sxi sump plug the first time i serviced it. snapped torx bit then tried chisel which cut through it like butter.
    finally took it to my local garage who loosened it for me.

    replaced with a new plug but only nipped it up slightly, its all it needs to seal. why do garages tighten them up so much(to stop you diying it???)

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    Chewed mine up on removal too, posted a thread a while ago with some piccys of my chewed up plug, had to refit it as I didn't have a replacement at the time. Hexagon is too small for the size of thread you are trying to loosen and hence requires more torque to undo resullting in a mess.

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    it cost me £63 at my local garage to remove it and change the oil.........

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    I did the same mate. Ended up grinding it, & chiseling it.. Wot a t--t.. Fit a new 1 each time now.

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    this also happened too me .... very annoying indeed.......... new plug every service me thinks

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    take it this is a common problem then?

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