How to Remove a Stripped Oil Drain Plugby Serena Styles
Changing your vehicle's oil on your own is a cheaper alternative to paying a shop to do it. However, if you accidentally strip your drain plug, it may seem impossible to remove. Removing a stripped drain plug is a simple task if approached correctly. All that is required is a few tools and 10 minutes of spare time.
Order a new drain plug for your vehicle prior to removing the stripped plug so you have a replacement on hand.
Secure a pair of round-jaw vice grip pliers around the stripped drain plug. Do not use flat-jaw vice grips because they will not lock around the bolt as securely.
Turn the pliers to the left, or counterclockwise, to loosen the drain plug. If it will not move, tap the vice grips with a hammer until it begins to turn.
As you feel the drain plug begin to loosen, wedge a flathead screwdriver between the plug and the oil pan to pry it out.
- "Auto Repair For Dummies;" Deanna Sclar; 2008
- "Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance, and Repair;" Michael E. Gray and Linda E. Gray; 2007
- "The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair;" Dennis Parks; 2008
- Alternatively, you can purchase a special-made socket that removes stripped bolts.
Things You'll Need
- Replacement drain plug
- Round-jaw vice grip pliers
- Hammer (optional)
- Flathead screwdriver
Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor's in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn't writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.