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How do we get a stripped bolt out to do an oil change? The guys at Lube X couldn't get it off either..

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May have to invest or take to a auto shop and use a EZ-out , This is for broken boltheads, And nice to have around. Good luck.

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Oil plug will not come out why?

this usually happens when it was changed the last time. keep in mind that there is wear and tear on the thread surfaces every time the drain bolt Is removed. this may not be any particular persons fault just something that sometimes happens. I have removed this type of drain bolt without pulling the pan but each situation is different. do you get your oil changed at a shop or at a quick lube. the reason is the quick lube people(not all) are in a hurry and don`t pay attention to how tight they tighten bolts.

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Small Block Chevy V8 267, 305, 327, 350, 400 cid.

Bolts or Parts Lube or Sealer Torque to: 7/16 Main Caps (2 bolt) Engine Oil 70 ft-lbs. 7/16 Inner Main Caps (4 bolt) Engine Oil 70 ft-lbs. 7/16 Outer Main Caps (4 bolt) Engine Oil 65 ft-lbs. 3/8 Outer Main Caps (4 bolt) Engine Oil 40 ft-lbs. 18436572 The firing order Small Block Chevy V8 3/8 Connecting Rod Bolt Engine Oil 45 ft-lbs. 11/32 Connecting Rod Bolt Engine Oil 35 ft-lbs. Cylinder Heads
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Rocker Studs (screw-in) Engine Oil 50 ft-lbs. Oil Pump Engine Oil 65 ft-lbs. Oil Pan Engine Oil 12 ft-lbs. Cam Sprocket (upper gear) Thread Locker 20 ft-lbs. Timing Cover Engine Oil 6 ft-lbs. Intake Manifold
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Non- Hardening Sealer 30 ft-lbs. Valve Cover Engine Oil 3 ft-lbs. Exhaust Manifold Anti-Seize Lubricant 25 ft-lbs. Spark Plugs No Lube or Sealer 20 ft-lbs. Flex plate (Automatic)
Flywheel (Clutch)
Thread Locker 60 ft-lbs. Clutch Pressure Plate Thread Locker 35 ft-lbs. Center bolt
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Engine Oil 60 ft-lbs. Bell housing
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Engine Oil
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Water around oil cap

Stay away from Jiffy Lube for sure & ask the questions
at a local repair shop, that has been there many years ,
& has the reputation to resolve those issues

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Hey GUY,
The best way to safely lift your Jaguar is to use a wheel lift / car hoist.
The guys at the quicky lube use a pit ... which is even better yet!

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What maintenace Does a 2003 Toy Rav4 manual transmission need?

The manual transmission oil, or gear box oil can't last forever. It is a good idea to replace every 60K miles with a new one. Just as with motor oil, and oil change is cheap insurance. Buy synthetic oil if you can.
The manual transmission oil change is a simple procedure, but can complicated and creates costly problems.
First remove the filling bolt. In some cases this is siezed, If the heating doesn't help, you don't want a stripped filler bolt, with an empty transmission. Use WD-40 and do not use extensive force.
If the bolt still won't budge. Stop. Lower the car and visit a shop for service.
After removing the filler bolt (upper), then remove the drain bolt at the bottom.
Replace the drain bolt, with a new one, normally has a magnet, and thread it by hand after with a wrench.
Fill the gearbox with oil using a gear oil / lube pump. Replace the filling bolt and process same as with draining bolt.
If you will change the gear box oil every 60K miles this is the best insurance for your manual transmission. DO NOT FORGET TO REPLACE FILLING AND DRAINING BOLTS WITH NEW ONE.
In rare cases a rusty bolt is siezed, almost rust welded in the transmission housing, so the transmission must be removed and taken to a machine shop.

Nov 02, 2010 | 2003 Toyota RAV4

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Where is the oil pump located on a 1999 ford taurus and whats items do i need replace a long with the oil pump

Remove oil pan oil pump and pick up tube & screen will be bolted on.
You should get oil pump lube, carb. cleaner, new pump oil,
oil pan gasket, silicon, oil & filter, loc-tight, gasket remover & tools metric, 1/4 drive socket set, scraper / putty knife, 2 jack stands, a jack or ramps,
& blocks for rear wheels.
Lets get started.

(1)Get your car up on stands or ramps block rear tires.

(2)Drain oil & remove oil filter remove battery cable NEG (-)

(3)remove pan

(4)remove old pump

(5)remove pick up tube from oil pump

(6)Now clean tube & screen with carb. cleaner place on news paper to dry.

(7) clean all old gasket off from engine & pan also clean bolts

(8)place silicon on pan place gasket on pan put bolts in from gasket side to Aline holes put a side to dry

(9) Attach tube to pump with a little loc-tight fill pump with oil pump lube

(10)attach pump to engine block make sure rod goes in proper & bolt are tight.

(11)Bolt pan back on engine using a 1/4 in drive ratchet don't over tighten bolts get all bolts in now slow run each bolt in starting at 1 end then jump to the other then go to bolt at other end a cross from 1st bolt. Do this till all bolts are ran in. Now tighten bolts look for gasket on side of pan.If it starts to push out stop go to next bolt.

(12)Instill new filter & drain plug,& pour in oil

(13)Replace Neg - cable

I hope this works for you it's a basic oil pump change for most cars.
Some take more steps.

Jul 14, 2010 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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Experiencing minor leaks on '98 K1500 5.7 L Z71

harden seals and gaskets, they need to be replaced by experianced technician.

Nov 02, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet K1500

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In the oil pan located at the very bottom of the engine. The drain bolt is at the lowest point on the pan. Be careful to not strip out the bolt when replacing after your oil change. Big problem and big bucks to repair. Take your car to an oil change specialist instead. It'll be cheaper on you in the long run.

Jul 07, 2009 | 2000 Chrysler Concorde

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Following the acura service program or not...

Not true. I have worked at both Independent and at the Honda and Acura dealers. I am currently a tech at Acura right now.

The thing is with taking your car to the dealer you are establishing good terms with them. And trust me when your oil is changed it will be done properly. One thing most oil changes places do like jiffy lube and oil shops like goodyear and firestone they seldom lube the oil filter gasket of clean the oil filter maiting surface. Also they dont put new crush wasters on the oil drain plug which can cause leaks. Another thing I delt with alot when i work at Monro Brake and tire and at the dealer ship is over tq drain bolts.

Your TSX has a K series engine in it. This engine has a aluminum oil pan. I've seen many times where the drain plug was over tq so much that it stripped the threads on the oil pan to the point where it had to be replaced.

Now with the other things when you go to Honda or Acura the techs are trained to inspect your honda or acura. They have to finish honda moduals which certify them to perform these dutys to your car. While some places like Jiffy Lube will hire people with no automotive backround experiance at all.

When their is a issue Acura will know what to look for and they can tell when something is in or out of spec. while at another place they may see something that looks out of spec and try to sell you it when it is fine.

Like I said before if you get your car serviced at Acura you will build history with the dealer. So if a major problem occures out of warrenty they may cover some-all of the cost of the repair under Goodwill. I did about two months ago a new engine in a 01 Integra under goodwill. The guy only had to pay 1/4 the total cost. Here is someone else on here that is asking about goodwill and I gave them a explanation on it

The other reason why I like honda is because they Use Mobil 1 oil this is OE Factory. It is better oil, a little more expensive because it is a syntheic oil, but it better protects you engine.

But if you do take it to another place than the dealer. Always go their to get your service done. Because if they screw something up like strip your oil pan they cant blame it on someone else. You will have service records of going their to get your oil changes done.

In the end personaly I feel that when you go to the dealer you do get your dollars worth because you have trained and certified techs who are trained to work on the engine that is in your car and your car itself. I would rather pay a little extra for the know how and experiance of a Acura certified tech or Acura certified oil express tech because the problem will be fixed.

If their is anytthig else you would like to Know please feel free to ask.

Dec 13, 2008 | 2006 Acura TSX

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Replacing oill pain on 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

If you fequnt any quick lube places they use air tools to remove the drain plug and it often strips the threads in the oil pan. So in answer to your question, yes the oil pan needs to be replaced or else the iol leaks out at a pretty fast rate. I would suggest gettting this and future oil changes done at your local Chrysler dealer.

May 20, 2008 | 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

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