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post #1 of 21 Old 12-30-2007, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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HELP!!! Stripped Oil Plug

Hey, Anyone have a helpful advice when you have a REALLY tight oil plug in a bike and it stripped pretty bad?

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What's stripped??? ...the head of the drain plug?

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Best thing I've ever used for stripped bolts is an extracting socket. You can pick them up at any auto parts store. The name brand I have is Irwin, but I'm sure there are dozens of others. They are made to fit over the stripped bolt, and then as you turn them with the socket wrench (the ones I have are for 3/8ths sockets), they "bite" into the head. Keep turning and the bolt's out. I've used mine on the captured rotor bolts of my Accord with no problems. And they get pretty frikin' rusty.

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The head of the drain plug is stripped. Thread are great. Can't get anything around it.

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Best thing I've ever used for stripped bolts is an extracting socket. You can pick them up at any auto parts store. The name brand I have is Irwin, but I'm sure there are dozens of others. They are made to fit over the stripped bolt, and then as you turn them with the socket wrench (the ones I have are for 3/8ths sockets), they "bite" into the head. Keep turning and the bolt's out. I've used mine on the captured rotor bolts of my Accord with no problems. And they get pretty frikin' rusty.
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I'll check it out... :001_smile:

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Just for the record; "Stripped" means the threads are buggered. If the points on the hex nut are compromised, then the bolt has been "Rounded".
First, spray with PB Blaster and wait 24 hrs. I can't tell you how many times this first step has saved the day.
Next, warm the aluminum using low heat. Careful here, you don't want the aluminum to get above 1000 degrees. In fact, a couple hundred is all you need. The aluminum will expand at twice the rate of the steel bolt. Just be very careful not to go nuts, warming is really all you need.
Get a purchase on the hex any way you can. The extracting socket seems like a good bet, but sometimes tapping a slightly smaller (six point) socket can work.
Careful when (if) it breaks loose, you don't want to destroy the surrounding engine fins etc..

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[QUOTE=semi_gray;155444]Just for the record; "Stripped" means the threads are buggered.QUOTE]

I thought it meant "naked."

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Just for the record; "Stripped" means the threads are buggered.QUOTE]

I thought it meant "naked."
It's all a matter of context, I suppose.

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Vise Grip pliers work as well as a last resort.
When you get it out. Start using 6 point sockets instead of 12 point.

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Vise Grip pliers work as well as a last resort.
When you get it out. Start using 6 point sockets instead of 12 point.
Might go buy a monkey wrench today. That or drill a hole in it for leverage to grabe it.

First I will try to find a "extracting socket"

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Might go buy a monkey wrench today. That or drill a hole in it for leverage to grabe it.

First I will try to find a "extracting socket"
This is what you need right here! Any of us who do our own work should have a set of these.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+Taps+%26+Dies

This with a breaker bar will get it out lickity split.

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This is what you need right here! Any of us who do our own work should have a set of these.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+Taps+%26+Dies

This with a breaker bar will get it out lickity split.
That is a nice set. I haven't needed one yet, But I have considered getting one just in case.

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Might go buy a monkey wrench today. That or drill a hole in it for leverage to grabe it.

First I will try to find a "extracting socket"
If it's really rounded & tapered, I'll use a die grinder & grind new flats on the head of the bolt then either use a smaller wrench or just grab it with the vise grips over the flats & it always comes right off.

If you use the extracting socket, let me know how it works, I curious as to how good they work.

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This is what you need right here! Any of us who do our own work should have a set of these.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+Taps+%26+Dies

This with a breaker bar will get it out lickity split.
They sell that in a 5-6 piece set also. In case you don't want to spend that much. I have the smaller set... havent' had to use it yet. Come by and pick it up if you want

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let me know how it works, I curious as to how good they work.
Hey, Mike. I bought a five-pc set last year for some work on my Accord. Captured rotors plus about 85,000 miles and I severely rounded one of the bolts and started freaking out. I mean round. So, I went to the local AutoZone and the guys talked me into the socket, and, man, did they ever work. Put the right size on the end of my breaker bar, and that bolt came out like all six sides were factory-fresh. XRCajun is right on the money. These things are worth their weight in gold!

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Hey, Mike. I bought a five-pc set last year for some work on my Accord. Captured rotors plus about 85,000 miles and I severely rounded one of the bolts and started freaking out. I mean round. So, I went to the local AutoZone and the guys talked me into the socket, and, man, did they ever work. Put the right size on the end of my breaker bar, and that bolt came out like all six sides were factory-fresh. XRCajun is right on the money. These things are worth their weight in gold!
Right on! I'm gonna get a set then.
Thats all the motivation I need to buy a new tool!

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When I got remarried, my wife saw my 300 lbs roll away chest, the tool box in my truck, the tools and machines in my bicycle/machine shop, and the small box in the boat.
Why in the world do you need so many wrenches, was her question?
Because, my dear, every one of these wrenches is a rebuttal to "Murphey's Law" Every thing made by man will one day break or throw a crap. I can: 1. Buy a new one, 2. Pay someone else to (maybe) fix it, or 3. Do it myself. All my life I've chosen to do it myself.
Simpson, go buy the wrenches, and look around, you may wanna buy lots of them.
Down side to this is probably an hour after my Funeral my kids will probably load them up and haul them to the Pawn Shop!

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When I got remarried, my wife saw my 300 lbs roll away chest, the tool box in my truck, the tools and machines in my bicycle/machine shop, and the small box in the boat.
Why in the world do you need so many wrenches, was her question?
Because, my dear, every one of these wrenches is a rebuttal to "Murphey's Law" Every thing made by man will one day break or throw a crap. I can: 1. Buy a new one, 2. Pay someone else to (maybe) fix it, or 3. Do it myself. All my life I've chosen to do it myself.
Simpson, go buy the wrenches, and look around, you may wanna buy lots of them.
Down side to this is probably an hour after my Funeral my kids will probably load them up and haul them to the Pawn Shop!
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I didn't see this mentioned elsewhere in this post, so I thought I'd drop my fraction of a cent. I've used dremels and hacksaws to cut a slot in the head of the bolt to facilitate the use of a screwdriver. I've also welded a nut, socket, or another bolt on top so as to have something to grab onto. I'm starting to wonder if I haven't overlooked a sticky thread elsewhere in the forums for 'tricks everyone should know' such as how to cut a nut off of a bolt, without damaging the bolt. (I did this just last week, eww!)

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Did you round out the 360 or the 9'er bolt?

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Down side to this is probably an hour after my Funeral my kids will probably load them up and haul them to the Pawn Shop!
Your kids really love you! Mine will pawn them immediately after moving me into the out of state retirement home.

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