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Oil change I cannot get the oil plug out of the oil pan

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  • George Reynolds Jul 01, 2009

    It's too tight and I don't want to strip the hex nut. Actually, it has a brass knurled cap that unscrews from the plug, to reveal a small hole, but only a few drops of oil came out, and the dipstick shows it is full. I hesitated to yank on the hex nut. I have never seen an oil plug like this before. My 1994 Jeep was "normal".

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More information please to help you. Is it stripped? Hex rounded off? To tight?

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