The Autozone store just down the block from me recyclesJiffy Lube is much easier. Or Kwik Kar. Or a Chevy shop. What ya gonna do with the old oil and filter?
Precisely !!The filter should be crushed to extract the oil and the can recycled. Throwing hazmat in the trash is part of the problem not the solution.
Agreed. The 10mm plug is just fine; the problem was the dealer. The guys that changed the oil were scared that the plug will fall out so they over-tightened them to the point of stripping the threads. I don't remember the torque rating right off hand, but it's not much, something like 18 flt-lbs.
I've been changing my oil for 40 years and never had a problem when I was the one changing the oil. But my son brought his wife's car over because he couldn't get the drain plug off. The oil change shop had tightened it so much they partially stripped the threads and rounded off the head (which was took a 9/16" wrench). It took me quite a while with ViseGrips and other tools until I finally got it off. I had to buy an over sized self-tapping plug to fix the problem. He never went back to that shop again.
14 Nm = 123 in lbs = 10+ ft.lbs."14 Nm" is cast into the sump. I thought that was a nice touch! See picture 1.
I agree, a good SET of torque wrenches are worth their weight in GOLDSometimes I feel like I'm the only guy in the world who actually uses a torque wrench
Not just this car though, I had a Daewoo that had a 14mm Allen key plug. In spite of my cautions to the service department, it made it through exactly ONE dealer oil change before that had to be reamed out, re-threaded, and a "standard" bolt put in place. <sigh>.
Y'all can laugh at me but I have a good quality torque wrench that is engraved with my name. When I leave the car for service I put the wrench on the driver's seat pre-set to the right torque with the correct socket attached, and a BIG note that says "USE THIS WRENCH FOR THE OIL CHANGE". Astoundingly..... that has worked well so far.
(yeah it's a little silly, but over-torqued oil pans and tire lugs are a pet peeve of mine)