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ENGINE OIL DRAIN PLUG


Our 2009 T31 Diesel (manual) has come out of warranty and we want to start doing the fluid changes ourselves. Have already done the rear diff and the transmission - both pretty easy -using info provided elsewhere on the forum.

The transfer case looks a little harder, so we will do the obvious thing, and leave it for a while while we get our heads around it!!

The big problem for now is trying to get our heads around the bizarre "Square drive" engine oil drain plug. We recall now that the RACQ mechanic that did our maintenance while the car was under warranty mentioned that he had to get a tool custom made to remove the oil drain plug.

Asking at auto stores in QLD seems to draw a blank - all say that "Square bit" drives aren't available ... some have suggested that the drive of an unloaded socket driver is usually the right size for these strange beasts. We have 4 different sized drivers, and not one of them fits the square of the drain plug!!

Can anybody please advise what tool is needed here ... and where the hell we can find one???

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Can you post a picture of the square hole as somebody out there may know what you can use.
Even a measurement of the hole.

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Hi Michael,

I believe this is a pic of the square oil drain plug in your exy

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You need an 8mm square head drive to remove it or you can buy a square head wrench in the same size. One can be seen HERE

And HERE a socket that is suitable.

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Thank you so much gents ... great to know there's always the old "phone a friend" option!!

That pik you sent looks EXACTLY right Jalal ... legend!!

We're on it today!

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No worries mate. Have fun emoticon

Also, since you are now doing DIY servicing, I strongly suggest you upgrade to Full Membership, so you can download the Service Manual which has plenty of information to assist you with your servicing needs.

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G'Day Jalal,

Great Idea ... how do I do that??? emoticon

I was wondering whether I should tackle the coolant drain/flush ... info about that topic seems very scant on the forum ... and looking around underneath the bashplate I think I can see why!! Hopefully the service manual will shed some light on that unless you have a link to a decent thread (usually do!!!)!

Must check and see if we are due for our next microfilter yet too ... will let you know.

Oh and by the way, 8mm square drive socket available tomorrow from a professional tool shop at Toowoomba .... who the hell wouldda thought ..... emoticon

Cheers

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Meawls wrote:

G'Day Jalal,

Great Idea ... how do I do that??? emoticon



Head to THIS thread, choose your Full Membership Pack and email us your choice.

And yep, the service manual would cover the location of the coolant drain plug as well.

Excellent news about the square socket emoticon



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If you have an old 3/8 adapter drive as shown in Jalal's photo, you can file or grind it down slowly untill you get the size desired.

Good luck.

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Thanks Tony,

Moot ... correct sized square drive socket being collected tomorrow.

I remember a while ago striking a weird square drive on something else ... which by chance the empty end of a socket driver JUST fit. Sadly though the edges soon burred.

One would want to hope that a correctly sized square socket would be a bit more up to the task ... although, having said that, the driver should have been as well!!

Cheers

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Whilst an 8mm socket drive might fit, it may cause damage to the drain plug due to it's round corners.

Personally I'd get a piece of 8mm square tool steel soldered into the nearest fitting socket you can find.

I've done this heaps of times with square drives and hex drives.

Hope this helps.

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