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Old 08-26-2014, 06:34 AM   #1
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Oil Drain Plug, copper washer or not?

I personally have never used a copper washer on the OEM drain plug because they have a rubber o-ring built into them. I have never had one leak on me either. My GF's new 2002 had a poorly sized copper washer on the drain plug and I re-installed it because it wasn't leaking. Well, its leaking now because its not sized correctly at all .

Who uses the OEM drain plug as-is? Who uses a copper washer on the OEM drain plug? After market drain plugs? Has anyone replaced the o-ring portion on the OEM drain plug?

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I swapped the cars over to aftermarket magnetic's with copper washers. I haven't changed the washers out in a long time as they don't leak when reused.
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I swapped the cars over to aftermarket magnetic's with copper washers. I haven't changed the washers out in a long time as they don't leak when reused.
Where'd you get them?
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im glad you brought this up i just got one of the magnetic ones and didnt think it may need a different washer
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local autoparts store carries them, eeuro does also. specs are m14 1.50 17mm head.
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oem is 13mm head so is eeuro's magnetic......the dorman from local autoparts store will be a 17mm head.
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What made you go to an aftermarket plug, the magnet?
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I use the magnet ones too. They catch a surprising amount of crap, even after a few thousand miles.
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I got the one from my car from eeuro.....I wanted the magnet frankly.....the girls car had a semi stripped head so I went to the local parts store and picked her up a magnet as well. Good thing to have on a higher mileage car.
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I've never seen the plug with the oring. Is it an oem plug and from what years? I use the copper sealing washer on my cars. I try and buy a handful of those washers from eeuroparts and change them every couple of changes.
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I've never seen the plug with the oring. Is it an oem plug and from what years? I use the copper sealing washer on my cars. I try and buy a handful of those washers from eeuroparts and change them every couple of changes.
All of my 9-5's have had these drain plugs. I simply throw them back on and they never leak!
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All of my 9-5's have had these drain plugs. I simply throw them back on and they never leak!
mine has that also i wonder if its year dependent?

saabeh is 2000, mines 2002, what are you Tboy?
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I don't think I ever saw one of those plugs on a 9-5, they were on all the 9-3SS's tho? At least until whoever was writing up the oil change decided to up-sell a new drain plug and replaced it with a shitty Chinese one...
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The one in the picture is from a 1999, my 2000 has one and the 2002 has one. All rubber o-ring!
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The one in the picture is from a 1999, my 2000 has one and the 2002 has one. All rubber o-ring!
mike d told me this as well when i asked about replacing the washer like you do on most cars so its not a matter of shoddy mechanics replacing it
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I've always used the magnetic drain plugs with copper washer from eeuro. Even on my T5 cars.
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Mine is a 2000. I'll have to check though, I've only just drained the oil on the aero when I pulled the motor out.
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Bumping this as I'm doing an oil change on the wagon tonight... going to see if I can find an alternate drain plug at the local auto parts store.

Also found this, but it seems like cheating!
EZ Oil Drain Valve / Part Number EZ-106 : 14mm-1.5
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After 4k miles, the rubber one I put on my GFs 2002 from her 1999 is working perfectly still. Gonna stick with it. 165k miles and climbing. Gonna try and achieve the coveted "200k miles with factory perfect doglegs" award.
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Every Oil change should include a filter and crush-washer.
Both my 00 and 02 engines had copper crush washers, and even though I'm cheap and I flip them, to get a 2nd use, they never leak.
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