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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 07-21-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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oil drain bolt stripped, options?

Went to do my oil change (first on this car), the "bolt" is stripped. 6mm spun more or less freely, imperial was just shearing the inside.

Can I take it to oil service people to have it drilled/replace? Or should I order the part first and then take it to them? Or is this a mechanic's thing?
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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oil drain bolt stripped, options?

What year is it ? My oil drain plug is 17mm iirc on a 2004 330. A stripped bolt head shouldn't necessarily mean a trip to the shop, can you get a vice grip on it ? Failing that, there are several favors of bolt extractors available at Home Depot, Harbor Freight ect. Something like this set. http://imgur.com/lG4VUWb




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Old 07-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JK44D4/...tofgamonlco-20

here is the for sale thread where he talks about it but its sold so use link above
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...light=oil+plug

and another one
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...&highlight=oil
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #4
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What year is it ? My oil drain plug is 17mm iirc on a 2004 330. A stripped bolt head shouldn't necessarily mean a trip to the shop, can you get a vice grip on it ? Failing that, there are several favors of bolt extractors available at Home Depot, Harbor Freight ect. Something like this set. http://imgur.com/lG4VUWb




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01, 6mm allen wrentch.

I'm looking for the quickest solution Can't wait for those posts to become re active
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Most shops could take it out for you and it will have to drill it. This is the fastest option if you don't want to wait.
Shouldn't to expense to get it done.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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oil drain bolt stripped, options?

Get a new drain plug first, drill it out and use an ez out to remove the plug.


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Old 07-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #7
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Vice grips. Comes out easy. No drilling.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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Vice grips. Comes out easy. No drilling.
The placement of the allen bolt means that it would take more time to get to it properly with a vice grip. There's a panel that has to be removed. Also, I think a vicegrip would work better on a stripped bolt, not so much an allen.


Wheelworks has declined to perform the oil change on my car, with consumer-supplied parts (and they don't use TWS 10w60).

Firestone said "we don't touch those cars."

I may have to take it to my mechanic, but... NOT YET!

BTW this should give you an idea of my predicament.
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7823/m3oilchange06.jpg
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #9
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I had the exact same problem. Was at the dealer for 1 hour oil change. After 1 hour they came and got me to show me that the drain plug was stripped. Plug had metal hairs on it. I said your mechanic JUST STRIPPED IT!. Guy said no he didn't. They wanted 1 hour labor. I said drop the car. Went to parts counter. Bought new plug and washer + oil and filter. Went home and got plug out in 60 seconds with vice grips. Oil change as normal and all is well. There is enough lip to get vice grips on the bolt.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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Get a new drain plug first, drill it out and use an ez out to remove the plug.


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Old 07-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #11
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I had the exact same problem. Was at the dealer for 1 hour oil change. After 1 hour they came and got me to show me that the drain plug was stripped. Plug had metal hairs on it. I said your mechanic JUST STRIPPED IT!. Guy said no he didn't. They wanted 1 hour labor. I said drop the car. Went to parts counter. Bought new plug and washer + oil and filter. Went home and got plug out in 60 seconds with vice grips. Oil change as normal and all is well. There is enough lip to get vice grips on the bolt.
On an 01? Look at the picture, I put up in the links, how did you get the vicegrip in there? I really don't want to remove that whole panel.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #12
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This.
Headed this route. Just gonna check one last place.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #13
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That "whole panel" is just a protective undertray, takes 2 minutes to remove...
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #14
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That "whole panel" is just a protective undertray, takes 2 minutes to remove...
Er mah gerd. It will be drilled, because that takes less effort/time/energy, and it will be replaced.

I just wanted to know how to go about it, thanks everyone.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:39 PM   #15
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Er mah gerd. It will be drilled, because that takes less effort/time/energy, and it will be replaced.

I just wanted to know how to go about it, thanks everyone.
I would hammer a torx socket into it and you will most likely get it out if someone didn't tighten the **** out of it
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #16
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I'm telling you.... VICE GRIPS. Unless it's cold welded, it will loosen with just the nose of the pliers.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:48 PM   #17
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if you decide to drill it, get a left-hand drill bit set (that works reversed) Often, the drill bit will bite and help you work the broken bolt out as you drill (instead of driving it further into the part (in this case the oil pan)).

This is why I use an oil extractor to pull the oil out through the dipstick. eek.
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