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Oil Drain Plug Gasket

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dustyroades, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Feb 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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    Dustyroades

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    Dumb question maybe, but the last couple times I have changed my oil I have been unable to remove the drain plug gasket from the bottom of the pan. It is almost like it is fused to the metal. I have tried going at it with a plastic scraper and it won't budge... I am worried if I try anything more aggressive I might damage the pan.

    Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue. Should I be worried about reusing the same gasket over and over?
     
  2. Feb 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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    Tacoma Mike

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    Take a putty knife or a gasket scraper. Get under it and it should almost pop off. Happens all the time.
    Shouldn't reuse a gasket over and over.
     
  3. Feb 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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    Primersinmyshoe

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    Be careful! What looks like a gasket might just be a flat part of the pan. It should come off without too much effort. I always replace the gasket when I do my oil changes and haven't had a problem yet.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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    Dustyroades

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    Thanks guys, I'm 99% sure it's a gasket (looks just like the replacements I have). Next time I will try whacking the scraper with a mallet I guess.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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    Really shouldn't be that hard. The pan is flat and smooth around the drain hole.
     
  6. Feb 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    pappabear

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    I ran into that problem last time I changed oil on my goldwing. Thought the gasket was stuck to the pan, and after I tried to get it loose I realized it was stuck on the drain plug LOL
     
  7. Feb 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    fixer5000

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    silly question i know but is that metal gasket aluminum or copper with some kinda plating on it?
     
  8. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    No it's some sort of hard rubber/plastic.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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    I bent my oil pan in cause I was trying so damn hard to get the plug out. Needless to say I had to drive to a local shop so they could use an impact gun to loosen it. So don't worry you are not the only one lol
     
  10. Feb 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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    I experience this every time. I just use a small tipped flat screwdriver and gently pry it off. No need to hammer it here. Replace it every time.
     
  11. Feb 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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    yea i normally use a pocket screwdriver and hit the handle with the palm of my hand
     
  12. Feb 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    The OEM washers do it every time for me.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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    I'm on my original washer. 50k miles and probably re-used 15 times. Not one drop of oil leaked. :rolleyes:

    Usually the washer sticks to my plug and I just separate them, clean all surfaces very well (washer, oil pan, drain plug) and reassemble and snug with a 3/8 drive ratchet.
     
  14. Feb 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    While replacing the crush washer each time is recommended, it's unnecessary.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM
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    i replace each time, due to it being a crush washer. i bought a bunch last time at the dealer, like .15 ea
     
  16. Feb 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM
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    if you get the 10 quantity oil filter deal from the dealer, the gaskets(10) are included.
     
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    Tonight I changed the oil on my new Taco with less than 800 miles. The crush washer (gasket) was fused to the oil pan. I carefully pryed and chipped it off using the tip of my pocket knife. I don't know what that dark blue outer material is on the gasket, but it really shouldn't bake to the oil pan like that. The wife's Outback and my son's Fit use aluminum ones that never do that.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM
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    I have the Fumoto drain valve on for a while now so I'm not concern about removing gasket or over torquing drain plug these days at every oil change.
     
  19. Aug 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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    That's my next purchase. Just ordered wet okoles and will get Fumoto next month. Which valve did you buy?
     
  20. Aug 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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    I got the F-103. Be very careful and go easy when tightening this darn thing. I bought this thing for my car and due to its low clearance, I was trying position this thing so tall grasses or other road debris don't hit the handle and shift it to the drain position. This thing got fuccked so easily. Money wasted.
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