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oil plug gasket

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by coffeesnob, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Jun 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    coffeesnob

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    Can't you just make your own gasket for the oil pan plug out of some gasket material or teflon etc?
     
  2. Jun 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    Not that will hold up for any length of time. If you can not get the washer at the dealer, any parts store worth it's salt should have a copper one that will work.

    This is one area I would not half-ass or skimp on.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2010 at 2:09 AM
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    Ok, thanks.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2010 at 4:34 AM
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    If you don't do any offroading.... Get a drain valve and you never have to remove it. (Search Fumoto Drain Valve)
     
  5. Jun 10, 2010 at 4:53 AM
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    go to the dealer parts dept once a year and grab a couple of washers. If they are cool they will give extras to you if you buy a filter.
     
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    +1 they give me a bunch of crush washers for free every time I stop by and ask.
     
  7. Jun 11, 2010 at 2:34 AM
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    Went to my dealer, had a special on filters if you buy 3 of them so I did, I said I also needed 3 of the washers he grabbed three out of a box and charged around $1.10 for each. Looks to me like they are a cheap metal washer or maybe Aluminum sandwiched between 2 fiber washers. They are probably worth about a nickel a piece. I think I will go to hardware store and buy or make my own.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:01 AM
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    Hello. I feel kinda bad to latch on to someone elses post to ask a question, but I am new and didnt want to start a new thread. I have had my Toyota for 10 years, and this is the first question I have needed to ask. A true testiment to Toyotas I guess. Anyway, last year when I changed my oil, part of the oil pan threads came off with the drain plug. So I went and bought a new drain plug hoping that it wouldnt leak when I put it together. It worked wonderfully. Until last weekend. It began to drip a little. I have been very careful not to get the plug too tight for fear it might strip out the pan. When I saw the drip, I tightened it a little more. But it still drips. So what should I do? Could I use 2 crush gaskets on it? Or should I put the he-man on the drain plug? Or do I need to drop the pan and put in a drain valve? By the way, its a 3.4 4X4 if that makes any difference. Thank you.
     
  9. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    wouldn't that push shavings up into the pan?
     
  10. Jun 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    I am very certain that the threads I saw on the drain plug were from the oil pan. And I put on a new plug at first, but a year later its leaking again. I will stop at Auto-zone and see about an oversized Plug.
    I appreciate the help :)

    Also, I rarely he-man. I actually use a short handled ratchet so accidental he-manliness isnt a factor. :)
     
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