Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 16:55:07 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: questions about 9-3 oil changes

John B wrote: > On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 06:58:09 GMT, Valued Customer <> wrote: > >>Hello, >> >>Owner of a '99 9-3 CV here... I recently caused $500+ damage by >>changing the engine oil myself. I was cussing out the dealership the >>whole time while trying to remove a hopelessly siezed drainpan bolt. >>What should have taken 15 minutes turned into a 6 hour nightmare. The >>bolt was tourqued down very tightly and they used a copper washer >>between the bolt head and the pan. >> >> > > I use a torque wrench and copper washers. I have rounded off an oil drain plug > before-- rather a frightening thing to have happen. The lessons learned: > > 1. Beware of over-torqued drain plugs > > 2. Use 6-point sockets whenever possible Or just make sure you use Snap-On flank drive sockets. These grab on the flats, not the points. I have seen others using Sears Craftsman sockets (point grabbers) on rusted bolts, only to slip and round. I then used a Snap-On socket and the bolt comes right out. I believe Mac and Proto also have similar products. You only have to buy quality once in your lifetime . . . or cuss for 6 hours at every oil change. > > 3. The Sears bolt remover sockets ("Bolt-out") are really handy. I believe > Irwin makes a similar product. > > ...from this thread: > > > thread/e8752dc1aeda1367/fa43e6a109872571 > > John >

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