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Old 08-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Tranny fluid change stripped the Torx head onn fill

Sux trying to get the fill plug out. Having a miserable time with this plug.
Had to drop the tranny mount to get the torx in and started to strip...and stopped! what now? Glad I did'nt drain it first. Need some advice
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Torx? The plugs are a 17mm socket.

Soak it in WD40 the plug and let it sit for awhile, make sure you are indeed using a 17mm, not a torx. Also use a breaker bar if you need more leverage.

http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_rp_tranny_fluid.shtml

I *think* it's the same as the M3.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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not a 17mm (wish it was) its a 45 torx...on the fill-2000 323I (green sticker on tranny), anyhow Ideas on what to do to get it out?
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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Isn't the tranny fill plug an 8mm allen? Anyway, I would get a set of pipe extractors and you should have no issue getting it out. http://usatoolsinc.com/5pcironpipeex...rset18-34.aspx Make sure they are pipe extractors and not bolt extractors as pipe ones are nice and shallow.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:00 PM   #5
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Ouch

Sorry to hear that... that fill plug location is a nightmare. I did a drain/fill, with a filter change and believe that's the green-label GM tranny. I didn't do the tranny mount but used a wrench on the hex part of a stub torx socket, right before it got to the torx part.

If you stripped the torx I would try grabbing onto the exterior of the plug (there's a small lip you can try getting vice grips on) or have your trusty mechanic weld a nut onto the plug and get it undone that way and replace with new plugs. From my experience there was no space to get a screw extractor in there... but ymmv.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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love this car hate the stupid torx. can you weld anything on the plug?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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There shouldn't be a reason why not... My mechanic has used that technique before. The tranny gets pretty hot anyway, I don't think a spot weld of a hex nut on the plug would be harmful to anything but the nut and plug.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:42 PM   #8
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Shouldnt be a problem welding a nut on the bolt.

There are several bolts used so "ITS A DAMN HEX DAMNIT" is not a valid reply
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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awsome! going to give an extraction tool a chance, then weld it.
Will let all know results
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:24 PM   #10
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yup, welded no prob, drained and replaced gasket, filter fluid. came up a little bit short on fluid, but shifting is fine, still no reverse when at angle, will add more fluid and post results
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