It's time to change the oil on my new (to me) '97 2500. I crawl
underneath and see the oil drain plug has a 3/8 rachet square hole
opening. I put my rachet in the hole and .....nothing.
No amount of reasonable effort in a normal counter-clockwise rotation will
loosen it. I'm having visions (nightmares) of a stripped out plug. Does
this plug really loosen in a counterclockwise direction (while facing the
plug) or it it reverse thread? How tight should this plug be torqued
Any help really appreciated.
You're not gonna believe this - I bent the handle of an el-cheapo rachet
trying to get that plug off. Finally went and bought a quality 3/8
breaker bar and used a 3 foot cheater bar slid over the handle.
It came off easily and revealed there was no rubber washer. I got my
fingers crossed, so far it looks like no damage occured from the idiot
"mechanic" who changed the oil last......
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