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2002 vw jetta unable to remove oil drain plug because it is stripped. Is there a way to remove bad drain plug, to avoid the cost of replacing the oil pan?

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Hi, could i just ask you say the drain plug is stripped i take it your talking about the head you put the spanner on or the plug socket into, now if you are then you have two options the first would be to get a good set of mole grips and grip these on the edge of the plug if its not sunk into the sump so if the plug is raised the mole grips will be strong enough to lock onto it then it should undo it with no problems.

if how ever their is no edge due to the plug being sunk into the sump then you only have 2 options open to you now the first you should try is using a hammer and punch to tap it undone doing this should get it undone for you, hitting it with a big hammer and a punch or screwdriver will get in undone, the other option you have and the risky one is to weld a socket onto the plug and then undo it using a ratchet this mean losing a socket and risk of fire so not for the faint hearted.

so if the sump plug is raised the mole grips will get it off due to the fact they lock onto anything and you can then undo the plug.

other then that get a decent punch and big hammer and tap the plug out as you would if it was undoing, or a good chissel then tap it round to undo and this should also undo the plug for you.

now the last option i can think of is to get a thread remover and drill.

you may even find that when the plug was put in it may have been cross threaded if this is the case then your going to need a tap and dye set to re drill the thread so as you can fit new plug.

give the plug a few hits with a hammer hold an extension bar on the plug and hit with hammer to shock it loose then try undoing using hammer and chissel this is think is the best option.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

Posted on Jul 13, 2010


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