Thoughts on removing oil pan drain plug? Seized worse than I have ever seen. Now beginning to strip. I have changed oil twice by dropping the sensor, but would prefer to do it the correct way. Already have a replacement plug.
Yeah I have thought of this as well. Back in the day when I was in mechanic school, we would pound a metric over a standard and chuck the socket and plug in the trash. But, not in this case. See what I can come up with. Probably a new pan.
The hex is stripping? What tool are you using on it? Try a good 6 point socket instead of things that are looser or have smaller contact patches. Getting the right bite on it can make all the difference.
6 point socket on half inch impact and be ready for a mess lol. Or you could use an air hammer with a chisel bit to break it loose. Worse comes to worse, take it to a professional if you do not feel comfortable and before it gets any worse. There is a reason technicians spend thousands of dollars on high quality tools.
The threads on our pans are the same as our park plugs, 14mm. You could use a spark plug as a drain plug, or an oxygen sensor for that matter if you needed a temporary one.
This also means that thread repair kits are readily available.
Get the old one out any way you can. This could include welding a nut to it if you access to a mig welder.
Take off oil pan, take oil pan to machine shop that knows what they are doing. Taking the oil pan off is pretty easy.
My local shop charges like $25-35 and they have gotten some badly rounded off stuff. At this point it's cheaper to pay them to get broken off fasteners out vs me wasting a bunch of money on easy outs, reverse drill bits, carbide bits for the dremmel ect.