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Old 07-04-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Oil Change Help Please!!

Hi everyone,

I'll try to make this as concise as possible. Yesterday I was changing my oil (2005 325ci), and the oil plug broke. I did not realize it was broken until I went to but it back in. I didn't think much of it, and bought a new plug and put it in.

Today I noticed some leaking and did some more research. I realized there is a somewhat common problem of the threaded section of bolt being stuck in the oil pan.

I am wondering if it would be possible for me to have installed the new bolt even though the old section is still in the pan? Or perhaps the new bolt pushed the old section into the pan?

Thanks so much for your help.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:31 AM   #2
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You probably should've posted this is "General" where there's more traffic. It's pretty easy to answer your question. Take the new bolt out and see if the oil pours out. If not, the old bolt is stuck in there and you'll have to remove it with an extractor.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:22 AM   #3
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Did you put a new seal washer on the new drain bolt?
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:07 PM   #4
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Thank you for your input. I managed to fix it quite easily. The threaded section of the old bolt was still inside. I emptied the oil and then it was easily removed with a reverse drill bit. The new bolt fits better and no leak.

Thanks again!
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:18 AM   #5
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