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Old 06-10-2017, 11:14 AM
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Oil pan drain plug leak?

I tried a steel with rubber insert washer, but it still leaks. I might have overtightened or something. It seemed good for a while.

Who has a solution for this leak?

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Old 06-10-2017, 11:23 AM
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I tried a nylon seal last oil change. still have slight seep. Have a new M14 copper sitting on tool box waiting for next oil change.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:29 AM
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I think it works its way down the threads.

I tried a new copper washer, but down the threads, which is why I tried the one with the rubber in the middle.

I didn't really want anything hanging down, else I'd go with one of the Futomo (?) drain valves.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:49 AM
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I had a slow leak on my drain plug for the oil pan when I bought the truck. I thought that was a good time to find out my real world opinion on the Fumoto oil pan valve.

The Fumoto is overpriced and there are other options, but I received it as a gift and it has been great. No leaks, projected flow of oil when draining and can shut off flow and swap out containers easily.

It does dramatically slow down the time it takes to drain the oil, but I am normally not in a hurry those days anyway. A cold beer and I spend some quality time together with a bit of Waylon Jennings playing the background while waiting for the oil to drain.
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I change the copper washer every three or four changes but i put some black sealant like for old valve covers, around the inside of the washer at the threads and it seems to work. Don't take much. Put oil and filter in and you done.
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Buy a new bolt and copper washer the bolt head does warp believe it or not.
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I had a slow leak on my drain plug for the oil pan when I bought the truck. I thought that was a good time to find out my real world opinion on the Fumoto oil pan valve.

The Fumoto is overpriced and there are other options, but I received it as a gift and it has been great. No leaks, projected flow of oil when draining and can shut off flow and swap out containers easily.

It does dramatically slow down the time it takes to drain the oil, but I am normally not in a hurry those days anyway. A cold beer and I spend some quality time together with a bit of Waylon Jennings playing the background while waiting for the oil to drain.
I think you and I would be great friends. Beer, Waylon, and Fords? The makings of a great friendship.
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I think you and I would be great friends. Beer, Waylon, and Fords? The makings of a great friendship.
I agree sir, hopefully our paths will cross one day and the path can pause for a moment for a bit of reflecting.
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I think it works its way down the threads.

I tried a new copper washer, but down the threads, which is why I tried the one with the rubber in the middle.

I didn't really want anything hanging down, else I'd go with one of the Futomo (?) drain valves.
Even if it worked its way down the threads a good gasket on the bolt, whether it be copper, nylon, etc. would hold it there.
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I installed a blue colored composition type washer on my original drain plug at my last oil change about a month ago-its dry as a bone now & I've got 2 more in the package!!
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I did pick up a variety pack of fiber washers and such. I thought if I could find one that would be tight on the threads, I could use a copper gasket to squash and hold it fast...maybe

I didn't consider a damaged bolt as a possibility.

Sous- do you have the Fumoto 90 deg or straight down, or no nozzle?
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:38 PM
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I have the straight down port with no nozzle because like you I didn't want anything to have the potential to get caught. The valve sits really quite high and I don't see it ever getting caught on something. I like the valve to be honest.

This is the one I have.

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I got the Fumoto with the nozzle thinking I'd hook tubing to it then into a container when oil change comes around. Turns out I can just set the gallon oil jug under it with about an inch of clearance. Turn it open, fill jug, rinse and repeat. Makes draining the oil super easy, but like Sous said, slow. Stock 4X4 and tires on mine tho, so if you're lifted or have 37s ymmv. Grab a jug and see where yours sits. As you know stripping that hole out can be very bad, so a Fumoto is a no-brainer to me.
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I agree sir, hopefully our paths will cross one day and the path can pause for a moment for a bit of reflecting.
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I installed a blue colored composition type washer on my original drain plug at my last oil change about a month ago-its dry as a bone now & I've got 2 more in the package!!
Where did you find this washer?
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I installed a blue colored composition type washer on my original drain plug at my last oil change about a month ago-its dry as a bone now & I've got 2 more in the package!!
I have used the same blue colored washer for 15 years. I may replace it at 20 years. Had problems with the copper crush washers at my first oil change, and went with the blue after that without any incidents.
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