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Old 07-03-2001, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default wrx oil change question

o.k this is probably a really stupid question, but here goes:

i'm about to do an oil change on my car, but i forgot that the temp. probe for my oil temp. gauge goes in through the oil drain plug. Do any of you technical type people know the appropriate way to deal with this? Should i disconnect the probe, and if so how, or should i just use an open end wrench and not worry about it?

(my dealer left me the install instructions for the subwoofer, but not for the gauge pack, oh well)

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Old 07-03-2001, 02:33 PM   #2
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Hey, I can't answer that question for you, but have one of my own that I know you can answer for me. I posted it earlier, but nobody answered, even though I know some other people out therehave the factory gauges... otherwise why is it backordered??

Ok, the sensor wire going into your drain plug, does it, in any way, protrude or stick out below the plain of the oil pan... where it goes into the plug hole or elsewhere? If you can give me a mental picture of it, that would help me. The reason I ask is because I am looking at a skid plate, which fits up very close to the oil pan, and I heard that sensor wire protruded but hadn't seen it. I have my WRX, but the gauge pack was/is on back-order.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-03-2001, 02:36 PM   #3
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Just use an open-end wrench. It should be fine

The wire which leads into the plug will not rotate with the plug. (It is attached to an embedded swivel inside the plug itself allowing it to spin freely.) It will not kink or twist as you loosen the plug.
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Old 07-03-2001, 02:39 PM   #4
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inchoate -
Thank you for replying to my post! Must have been at the same time as I asked you here.
You probably understand better why I was asking now though. So, there's no way it would be in the way of a skidplate as long as there's a smidgen of room between the plate and oil pan, right? Basically, nothing hangs below the drain plug??
It wasn't so much ground clearance that worries me as the fact brush or something could catch that wire (from what I'd heard). Not only will the skid plate stop that form happening, but it will protect the whole area from bigger (i.e. rocks) stuff too.
Thanks again!

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