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How to remove a strippped oil change nut on a 1997 Mazda Protege

The nut that you unscrew to drain the oil, for oil changing. It is stripped to hell, and i have tried "Gator Grip", fairly large plyer, and typical wrench,

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Is it stripped in the hole? or is just the head is stripped? If it is stripped in the hole then you should put a srewdriver or prybar under and work it out. If just the head is stripped and you can not get it with vise grips then you should take it to a shop where they could weld a good nut onto the head of yours. After it is welded AND cool just undo it with the proper size wrench.

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Use vice grips they lock on tight or a pipe wrench [plumbers] as the harder you pull the tighter they grip!
Remember its anti clockwise to undo the plug!
& somtimes its a good trick to tighten the nut just to break the toque seal! then it can be undone!
Cheers Rob

Posted on Aug 15, 2009


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