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Old 03-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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oil drain plug broken inside the oil pan!!!!!

hi guys, i was so jinx today and what a bad luck day i have. Right now i feel like **** big mistake happen in a few second. I know ya going to say wt* and this guys doesn't know how to do an oil change, no this isn't my first time doing an oil change on my bmw. Long story short, my oil drain plug is broken inside the oil pan, i can't get it out, half of it is stuck into the oil pan. Check the photo i posted up and give me some advice. Please be positive, do i have to drop the oil pan and take it to the shop to take the oil drain plug out? or can i just take it to a shop and they can do what they do best to remove it and i'll get a new oil drain plug. Any DIY on dropping the oil pan, level of difficulty?

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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This is why you use a torque wrench.

I've done the same thing before. The piece that was broken inside was rigid enough that I was able to use a flat head screw driver to twist it out.

Try that first. Put some shoulder into it and twist that fvcker out!

... That's exactly how mine looked btw.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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This is why you use a torque wrench.

I've done the same thing before. The piece that was broken inside was rigid enough that I was able to use a flat head screw driver to twist it out.

Try that first. Put some shoulder into it and twist that fvcker out!

... That's exactly how mine looked btw.
Thank you bro, you ease my pain, ill try that tmr because it too dark now....do I have to used the oem drain plug or I can used anyone? What the different between oem n other drain plug? The drain plug that was inside the oil pan has a hole small enough for a flat head screw driver, or can I used a machine tool to twist it out?

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Honestly I used some random bolt I found to replace it, and bought an oem one later on, but I wouldn't recommend it. I'm sure a local dealer has one you can get for a few bucks. The piece that is stuck inside is already lubed since its an oil drain plug, so it twists out quite easily. A little pressure from a screw driver should get it out fine. If not, a machine tool should surely work.
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And make sure you torque it to spec this time. It's easy to go too tight with those.
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You can also use a bolt extractor that looks like a drill bid and has a reversed thread to pull it out. Will make the job a lot easier. Google bolt extractor so you can get an idea how it looks like.
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Thank you guys, I think ill be able to close my eyes and fall sleep tonight, early when it first broke i was worried that i have to take the car to the shop, hopefully everything work out tmr, what the part number for the oem drain plug anyone know?

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Take a sharp chisel to it and bang it counter clockwise.

btw, replace your oil pan bolts as PM
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You can also use a bolt extractor that looks like a drill bid and has a reversed thread to pull it out. Will make the job a lot easier. Google bolt extractor so you can get an idea how it looks like.
Ill try flat head screw driver first, ill tey that options also, AutoZone has bolt extractor too, well look it up

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Take a sharp chisel to it and bang it counter clockwise.

btw, replace your oil pan bolts as PM
Don't have any shark chisel laying around...will try the other options first

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On the upside it looks like you were still able to drain the oil...
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On the upside it looks like you were still able to drain the oil...
Yes the oil got all drain out when the drain plug broken into two pieces

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The plug is designed to break away before stripping the aluminum pan threads.
You are not the first to post this happening and I'm sure not the last this quarter.
people seem to be able to extract it using any of the three methods mentioned. I'm sure you will be successful
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No worries OP. As others have written you should be okay. Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:43 AM   #19
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Since the drain plug is designed to break exactly the way it did, when you put too much torque on it, the answer is clear----BUY a OE part from the dealer. What is the consideration---it only cost a few dollars.
I have removed this type of bolt before, and you may want to have an bolt extractor ready to go. A chisel is a good start if you have a rough surface to get a bite onto it. Also, I have found that a old (throw away) screw driver sometimes works well with the tiny head. I would star with that and taping along the very edges to get it to move.
PS---here is a story from my pre BMW days. Took my Ford into a gas station for an oil change and spotted the guy use a power air gun to put the drain plug back in. He then had the nerve to tell me that the plug was defective and that is why its treads stripped. I can tell you more, similar, oil change stories about Jiffy Lube. None of these guys have seen me for over 20 years.
GOOD LUCK---you will get it fixed (and never do that again)---be happy that the plug is well engineered to break as it did instead of the alternative.
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Oil change kits come with a new bolt as well
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