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Stop that sump plug dripping oil

When you next do an oil change on any vehicle or machine, wrap a few turns of PTFE pipe sealing tape around the sump plug before replacing it. Not only will this seal the plug, it will protect the threads, act as a self locking device, reduce the need for excessive tightening thus preventing damage to the plug driver and make the plug easier to remove next time.

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how to change the oil

You will need a sump plug removal tool.
On older vehicles, this was just with a wrench.
But it could be a special key, check the plug on the base of the sump.
Take keys from ignition (as you do not want to accidentally start an engine with no oil.
Open the oil filler cap, place a container under the vehicle (could be quite a few litres of oil to come out) and remove the sump plug.
Leave the vehicle to do this for a short while, until it all stops dripping out.
Now you would want to change the oil filter.
These are in different location, but you can get a filter wrench to wrap around to remove.
PRE FILL the new oil filter with clean oil before installing (This stops any air locks when you start the engine after the change)
Hand tighten the new oil filter, they do not need a great deal of torque to screw in place. so generally a good hand tighten is enough.
You may need a new washer for the sump plug (some oil filter kits come with this in the box)
Now that the new filter is on, and the sump plug is back on. Fill the engine with the correct amount and type of oil.
I do not know the exact amount you will need.
But it is better to fill a little at a time, check the dip stick for the correct level.
When you are at the correct level.
Run the engine for a few minutes at IDLE.
Stop the engine and check the oil level again.

You should be all good after this.

Also check again after a few miles, that the sump is not leaking, and that the oil filter is also not leaking.

Apr 03, 2014 | 1998 Mercury Mystique

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how do i change my oil in the jetta 2004 2.0?

Add an engine cleaning treatment to the oil fill plug,run the car for 10 mins to slightly heat the oil, raise the front of the car, put it on axle stands, get under the car & locate the oil sump drain plug, place a suitable container under the sump to catch the oil, remove the drain plug, let ALL of the oil run out of the sump until just drips are coming out very slowly, like 1 per 2 or 3 seconds, replace the sump drain plug & new copper washer if required, next remove the oil filter, if it is too hard to turn with a suitable wrench then jus stab it with a screwdriver & use this as leverage, replace with a new oil filter, add about a quarter of the filters volume to the new filter before fitting it & also rub some oil around the O ring seal, tighten the new oil filter by hand, until its just tight enough to complete a seal around its housing, jack up the vehicle, remove the axle stands, lower the vehicle, & fill up with your chosen oil, job done, have a beer & congratulate yourself on a job well done that has saved you a pretty penny .

Sep 14, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I would like to know the torque seting for an oil pan plug for a 2011 chev pickup 1500,4wd/ 5.3l engine.

This is a figure that is seldom specified and the closest I can come to a torque for you is 15 to 22 ft/lb. If you renew the gasket and wrap a few turns of PTFE pipe sealing tape around the threads before reinstalling the plug, a good nip on the plug will be sufficient to seal it and prevent it from coming loose. Overtightening it will just make it more difficult to remove again without damaging the drive surface for the wrench.

May 27, 2011 | 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Oil is pouring from two pierced copper pipes around the engine.

Tape will not Hold on these Lines, They will need to Be Replaced. I do Believe that these Go to either the Oil Pump. There should be one for enter and one for Exit of oil after Circulation. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

Feb 03, 2009 | 1996 Ford Escort 4 Door

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