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Old 01-31-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Oil change question

just changed my oil and forgot to put the copper washer on the drain plug, will this cause it to leak or any other problems?
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:48 PM   #2
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it might, why dont u just get back under there and do it.
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just changed my oil and forgot to put the copper washer on the drain plug, will this cause it to leak or any other problems?
If it's not leaking now it might over time. All the copper is for is a sealing surface. I'd leave it for now and just check before I drive
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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it might, why dont u just get back under there and do it.
thanks for the quick replies guys, and the new oil is in so i dont want to do it all over again if its not that important
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:50 PM   #5
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yes it is important, the copper is supposed to crush into the shape of the pan and the bolt so that it is properly sealed
it will be messy but it's better than having an oil leak on the highway
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:13 PM   #6
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not saying that it is ok or a good idea but i forgot to put mine on a while back and i just changed my oil a few days ago and checked the oil level before i changed it and it didnt leak a bit without the washer. but if i had known i would have went under and put the washer on. just take the plug out and quickly stick ur thumb in the hole 2 plug it while you use your other hand to put the washer on the bolt. you will prob only loose a little bit of oil. good luck
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:06 AM   #7
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so i work at a mercedes dealership and a tech showed me a redneck trick how to fix it without drianing the oil. my copper ring must have failed because i was leaking from there and a tech here grabbed a shopvac and a shop rag, and put it over the hose and made a suction where the oil cap is on the valve cover (sorry if thats confusing, but you take the oil cap off and make the suction with sealing it with the rag) then as he held the vaccum on i was able to take the drain plug out and put a new ring on it. the shopvac is strong enough to create a suction but it won't suck up any oil. Its a great way to replace the ring or plug if you just did a oil change.

btw if this is hard to understand, its my fault for probably not explaining it clear enough so anybody can comment on it. but it does work!
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:48 PM   #8
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Is it necessary to replace the copper crusher or just keep using the one that's given?
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:35 PM   #9
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you should replace it every time you do an oil change
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:22 AM   #10
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Remove oil drain bolt, and as soon its almost out, prepare and once out, plug the hole with your finger. you will probably loose what, 100ml of oil? not a big deal
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