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Old 11-03-2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default How to remove the oil drain plug at the very end (before it drops)

Hey all,

I have a simple question. I use a 17 mm socket to loosen the oil drain plug on my wrx, but how should I get the plug off at the very end (right before it falls out). Last time I used my hands to loosen it real fast, but got some oil on me as it came off. What do you all do?
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Old 11-04-2003, 01:12 AM   #2
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You can press in on the bolt and keep unscrewing it. When you feel that it's all the way out, I usually just pull the bolt away and up really quickly. That is usually good enough to not get oil all over my hands.

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Old 11-04-2003, 02:54 AM   #3
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:42 AM   #4
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Learn to enjoy the soothing feeling of hot oil on your skin!

Seriously, though, cnk is right. I do use one of those dishwashing rubber gloves on my hand to protect it -- it's also handy for keeping oil off my hand when unscrewing the filter.
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:41 AM   #5
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I use a socket and long extension, which I just turn by hand. My drain pan has a grid over the opening in case the bolt falls.
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Old 11-04-2003, 10:06 AM   #6
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Put a plastic shopping bag over your hand . I do the same thing for the oil filer .


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Old 11-04-2003, 01:44 PM   #7
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I wear plastic gloves and push the drain plug towards the pan as I am loosening it.
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Old 11-04-2003, 09:45 PM   #8
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Ok, Thats it guys!!!

I am coming to get your cars..............................


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Old 11-04-2003, 10:00 PM   #9
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Put a plastic shopping bag over your hand . I do the same thing for the oil filer .


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Good idea! Now I don't have to buy rubber gloves. I guess I'll follow everyone's advise and push in towards the bolt, while having my hand protected by a plastic bag, and try to remove the bolt with lightning quick speed so I won't burn myself...thanks
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:50 AM   #10
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rubber gloves are still better IMHO
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Old 11-05-2003, 10:38 AM   #11
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Get a Fumoto valve and heave your drain plug into the trash. I can change my oil in a tuxedo now.

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Old 11-05-2003, 11:05 AM   #12
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as stated, loosen, unscrew by hand, as you do apply pressure inward toward the oil pan to prevent the oil from starting to drip, then once its all the way unthreaded, superquick pull it out, I can do it without getting a drop of oil anywehre but the drain pan. Filter i lossen and let drain and graba shop rag and pull off the oil covered filter, toss the rag in the bin and my hands are still clean.
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:21 AM   #13
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Loosen the bolt as much as you can. Then take a short piece of string and tie it around the threads of the bolt. Wrap the string a few times around the bolt in a counter-clockwise fashion and then pull. The bolt will come free and will be dangling on the string (not at the bottom of your oil container) and your hands will be perfectly clean. I take full credit for this one.

Now if only there was clean way to do the oil filter....
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:38 AM   #14
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I use Nitrile gloves.

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Old 11-06-2003, 08:39 AM   #15
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Get one of those telescoping magnets to take it out the final couple threads and viola! you don't get oily.

I hav'nt tried this but since you asked for ideas I thought I'd put my thinking cap on.
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Old 11-06-2003, 10:24 AM   #16
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Use one those strainers they have for cooking or wire mesh on top of your pan or just fish it out after you pour the oil in a container....


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Now if only there was clean way to do the oil filter....
Get a nail and hammer. Tap a hole or three into the bottom of the filter and let drain. If you drain pan is big enough, you can do this at the same time as the oil is draining. Wait 5-10 minutes. Unscrew your filter for mess free results!

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Old 11-06-2003, 06:36 PM   #18
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Get a Fumoto valve and heave your drain plug into the trash. I can change my oil in a tuxedo now.

Another vote for this - but I don't know if I'd do it in my tuxedo though
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Old 11-07-2003, 02:51 PM   #19
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Another plug for the Fumoto valve!!!
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Cut a piece of garden hose about 3-5 inches long and then slit it down one side for about one inch. When the plug is almost completely unscrewed, put the end with the slit over the plug and just unscrew it using the hose. Your hand should be out of the oils way and the drain plug should still be stuck in the hose. Of course, this does depend on the size of the hose.
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:49 PM   #21
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anyone know where to get a Fumoto Valve and for how much $$$? Just curious....looks amazing!
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Old 11-11-2003, 01:28 AM   #22
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Fumoto valves are $20
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