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oil drain plug won't back out

This is a discussion on oil drain plug won't back out within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; When you get this plug out, take a hack saw to it to shorten it....

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    When you get this plug out, take a hack saw to it to shorten it.

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    If you cut it down make sure you smooth it out. You dont want metal fragments in your oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetaws6 View Post
    If you cut it down make sure you smooth it out. You dont want metal fragments in your oil
    I kinda figured that was a given. Who would want metal in their oil?

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    Wow,I am glad mine fit better than that.

    No issues at all.
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    Here's the picture from the front. Sorry about the quality it's the best I could get.

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    You haven't caught your headers on anything while driving in reverse, have you? Those pics look like the driver's header caught and bent forward thus blocking the drain plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    You haven't caught your headers on anything while driving in reverse, have you? Those pics look like the driver's header caught and bent forward thus blocking the drain plug.
    Not that I am aware of, no. Well a few months ago I hit a curb and bottomed out but it only looked like I hit my k-member. That is the only thing I think could have possibly done it. If it did get bent is there a way to bend it back?
    Last edited by 98TransAmWs-6; 04-13-2011 at 06:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Not that I am aware of, no. Well a few months ago I hit a curb and bottomed out but it only looked like I hit my k-member. That is the only thing I think could have possibly done it. If it did get bent is there a way to bend it back?
    You would need to heat up the bottom half of the header and knock that portion back away from the bolt. Or like what was previously posted and notching the tube to clearance the drain plug.

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    ^ pry bar ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger731 View Post
    Some people have oil coolers, you got an oil heater, nice....
    That's a very good observation. I wonder with it being that close how much heat soak is your oil getting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    That's a very good observation. I wonder with it being that close how much heat soak is your oil getting.
    Well hopefully this weekend I'll have time to go to the base and get it up on a lift and try and bend the header a bit away from the oil drain plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Well hopefully this weekend I'll have time to go to the base and get it up on a lift and try and bend the header a bit away from the oil drain plug.
    just be really careful doing that... you don't want an exhaust leak...

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    Or break a bolt in the head

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    i'd be more worried about cracking the welds than breaking the bolts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    i'd be more worried about cracking the welds than breaking the bolts...
    I will probably just end up cutting the bolt if it won't relatively easily bend back to how it should be since I really don't want to mess up the header and have to buy new ones right now.

    But a quick question, will having the header so close to the oil pan have any ill effect on the oil? Such as over heating or causing its viscosity to become too thin at operating temperature?

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    Do you have access to a laser thermometer?

    Something that can give you a reading on how how the headers getting vs the oil pan temp. You could measure the oil pan on both sides and see if there is a difference.

    Like this

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Raytek-MT4-Non-Contact-Thermometer-Sighting/dp/B0002198GY[/ame]

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    You have a decent air gap. Unless you spend gobs of time idling in traffic I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger731 View Post
    ^ pry bar ?
    With a torch should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Here's the picture from the front. Sorry about the quality it's the best I could get.
    this looks very weird. They don't look right.

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