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Oil drain crush washers

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 147 mulie, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. Jul 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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    147 mulie

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    I have a 2012 Tacoma and a 2016 Camry and i do all of my maintenance by myself. I've been changing my own oil for 40 years now.

    When I first bought my truck, the Toyota oil drain crush washers were blue and loosening the drain bolt took the same amount of effort as tightening it.

    A couple of years ago Toyota switched to a black crush washer and I noticed that the drain bolt became very easy to remove....it was nowhere as tight as I had originally tightened it. Concerned about the bolt falling out, I'll retighten the bolt between oil changes.

    Has anybody else noticed the? It has to be a deformation of the crush washer over time.
     
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  2. Jul 29, 2017 at 10:32 AM
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    Torque the drain plug to spec and you won't have a problem. If you start noticing an oil leak around the drain plug it's time for a new crush washer. If your really paranoid they make drain plugs that are able to be safety wired. Mark the drain plug with a sharpie or nail polish and see if it turns by itself if your that concerned.
     
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    Black crush washer? The ones I get with my filters are silver, I assume aluminum.
     
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    I buy them for $1 at the dealership. Change it out ever oil change.
     
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    Get a fumoto valve and you don't have to worry about this anymore
     
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    I just bought this. Waiting for next oil change to put it on.
     
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    You'll love it man, it changed my life.

    Can do an oil change with zero tools, and no mess to clean up.
     
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    How do you get the filter off without tools?
    My 2.7 l 4 cyl doesn't have a crush washer on the drain plug, there's a rubber gasket. No leaks.
     
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    I hand tighten+ quarter turn the oil filter. Next time you change the filter, you can twist it off easy.
     
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    With your bare hands :muscleflexing:
     
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    You're tougher than I am. The filter is hot.
     
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    The problem with the fumoto valve is my oil pan and tranny pan had significant dents in them and I had to change them both out.

    Don't ask me how that happens lol but the crossmambers only had scratches.
     
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    I don't change my oil when the engine is hot. Only mildly warm.
     
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    The mere mentioning of these drive me nuts. Why risk losing your oil if that component fails? What is the issue with removing a drain plug that makes it worth the risk?
     
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    Maybe because a shit load of people run these and I haven't heard of any failing. Especially if you get that little plastic clip on it.
     
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    I have yet to read a failure of these on this website. I've had mine for 5 years now and never a problem and I do my oil changes twice a year.
     
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    Pictures of said clips please
     
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    You don't need the clip, the valve itself requires you to push in on the lever and then turn, it's not like you can just turn the lever.
     
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