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Old 07-09-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Angry Stuck Manual Transmission Drain Plug

I decided today I would get the fluid changed in my 98 900S and the hex drain plug is being a stubborn S.O.B. It's had a thorough soaking and set time with PB Blaster, tried using steel breaker bars taped to the hex wrench and hit the plug and immediate area around it with my heat gun. I put my full 215# in to pushing and it hasn't budged yet.

Anyone have any other ideas that might help free the stuck plug? I have my car up on Rhino Ramps, so that should give you an idea of how much clearance I have (my drive was is rock to make things even more fun!)
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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Mine was on there pretty good as well, i used a long allen key and a breaker bar and just didnt give up till i got that plug loose...Try manuevering your body different ways so you can get more leverage and strength
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I hear ya man! At one point I had taped two breaker bars to the long hex key with nothing. Since my legs are stronger than my upper body, I decided to try pushing the hex key with my right foot. Success!
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:00 PM   #5
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I hear ya man! At one point I had taped two breaker bars to the long hex key with nothing. Since my legs are stronger than my upper body, I decided to try pushing the hex key with my right foot. Success!
good stuff, glad to hear it worked out
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That's what i did to mine as well. Made sure the hex was seated really well, then gave it one good swift kick.
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Not to steal the OP's thread but, how the hell do you get the fill plug off? I have a 2001 transmission, which has a 15/16th bolt it seems. It is nearly impossible to get any wrench on there.
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I'm able to get a socket on there with a really long extension. I'm usually able to snake it by (slightly bend some of them) all of the lines in the way.
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Yeah guys, make sure you get the fill plug off before you do the drain plug.
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Yeah guys, make sure you get the fill plug off before you do the drain plug.
my thoughts exactly, I can't even get my fill plug off let alone attempt my drain plug.
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my thoughts exactly, I can't even get my fill plug off let alone attempt my drain plug.
Fill plug was much easier for me to remove as opposed to the drain plug... Both were a pita tho
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I think it's a 24mm plug. Get it on there tight with the extensions + breaker bar, and it'll move.

I also did the right-leg kick to get the drain plug off lol.
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The worst ones I've needed a air hammer with a sharp cold chisel to cut into it and get it rotating.
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To get my fill plug off I put a ring spanner on the plug and used a piece of wood to lever the spanner of the strut brace.
On the drain plug I used a pipe extension on the allen key and my massive guns

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The worst ones I've needed a air hammer with a sharp cold chisel to cut into it and get it rotating.
I am hoping that the massive amount of grease my axle boots were throwing helped lubricate everything up

I will attempt it again when I have the time and motivation.
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that is how i've had to get mine out before. have to be careful you dont hit too hard and crack the trans case though
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