I personally change the oil in my 06 Sonata LX. My last oil change I
noticed a slow, small drip coming from the drain plug. The drain plug
could not be tightended any further (trust me, it's not over
tightened), so I thought it was the crushing washer. I just changed
it again yesterday morning, and it still drips, even with a new
washer. It's not cross threaded no metal shards. I get the washer
from the dealer, is it possible it's too thick? Not the right
material? Help! This is absolutely frustrating!
Did you tighten the plug using a torque wrench? The only ways I can
think of that a leak could occur are:
1. Plug not tight enough
2. Plug not sealing squarely (implies cross threading)
3. Serious nick on the oil pan sealing surface
4. Serious nick on the plug sealing surface
5. Serious nick on the crush washer
If you are sure it isn't 1, 2 or 5, then you need to remove the plug,
which means draining the oil unfortunately, and using a bright light
carefully inspect the sealing surfaces on both the oil pan and plug
looking for a nick or bump that is preventing an oil-tight seal.
I recall somewhere in the Hyundai manuals there is a tourque rating
spec for the drain plug, however, never in my 10+ years of doing my
own automotive work have I ever put a tourque wrench on a oil drain
plug, but I will try it. This is my 5th oil change for my Sonata,
I've done all five oil changes myself, and the drip never started
until the 4th oil change. The nicks are a good point. Thanks!
What got me wondering was you said that "it could not be tightened any
further", but you also said it was not overtightened. The only way to
be sure it isn't overtightened is to use a torque wrench. And it can
always be tightened further! It may strip, but it can always be
tightened more. :-)
The sealing washers have been redesigned. The older ones were about 1mm
thick and would squeeze out the side if overtightened, causing a leak.
The newer ones are about 2mm thick and don't squeeze as easily due to the
additional material. It's possible you may need to tighten the drain plug
a little more than you did before. Also, with the thicker washer, there's
a greater possibility that a problem with nonparallel surfaces will cause
After you get it figured out, on the next oil change put in a Fram Sure
Drain oil drain plug with a drain valve. You won't have to unscrew the oil
plug ever again. No more crush washers to worry about. They are under $10.
Available at Fleet Farm. I've got one on both my XG350's and they work
great. Ideal for someone who changes his own oil.
Hyundaitech - I thought the washers looked thicker. Looks like I will
have to jack the car up drain the oil and take a closer look at the
drain plug area, and put a tourque wrench on it. And see what
happens. If that doesn't fix it.....looks like it's going to the
dealership. Would this be covered under warranty? (My thought is no).
On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 11:24:09 -0700, " email@example.com"
Try a thick copper washer. They're practically permanent, and
compensate for a little out-of-parallel or burrs on the plug or oil
pan. I think you can get a nice assortment from Harbor Freight for ~5
And WHY DOESN'T HYUNDAI SUPPLY THEM OEM?
Probably because aluminum is cheaper. I'm not sure why copper would be
any better for compensating for out-of-parallel or burrs as the hardness
is similar (depending on which alloys of course) between the two metals.
I don't really care which is best. I just like copper better because
of the color and flavor. Aluminum sets my teeth on edge. ;)
All kidding aside, I agree that soft Al is an excellent material for
throw-away gaskets. However, I don't trust it for reusable gaskets
because of the way it's subject to fatigue cracking.
You're right that Al cheaper than Cu. That could save you and me about
.01 per washer I guess. Hey, a penny saved...
With a $16 Harbor Freight torque wrench, you may be getting 20 ft-lbs or
40 ft-lbs, so it may actually be a lot tighter than you think! :-)
A torque wrench is one tool that shouldn't be skimped on quality-wise
and most Harbor Freight stuff is quite simply ... junk.
There are some excellent deals at HF if you're an astute tool man.
For example, their wood chisels have better steel than any American
chisels I have found so far.
Their air tools are a fabulous bargain. You can buy 5 air ratchets for
the price of 1 Ingersoll Rand ratchet. The IR will last maybe 15 years
of hard use, the HF will last maybe half that long, but work just as
well. That still makes them a great bargain.
Their pliers are poorly designed junk, although the steel is pretty
good. Neither do I like their ratchets and sockets. Their jumbo
sockets are available singly, and 1/10th the price of Snapon. They are
Their jumbo wrenches are as good as any, and 1/5 the price of Snapon.
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