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    1. 05-21-2020 11:17 PM #1
      I changed the oil in my Yukon for the first time last night, and I noticed that the drain plug bolt is actually sealed with a rubber gasket, rather than a copper crush washer like I was used to. It got me thinking, should I be replacing that gasket every change, like the crush washer of yore? Should I be replacing the whole bolt as well? Super cheap piece of mind at like $3.00 for the bolt and gasket, but I am curious if this is still something that is part of a regular oil change.

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    3. 05-21-2020 11:29 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by shimps1 View Post
      I changed the oil in my Yukon for the first time last night, and I noticed that the drain plug bolt is actually sealed with a rubber gasket, rather than a copper crush washer like I was used to. It got me thinking, should I be replacing that gasket every change, like the crush washer of yore? Should I be replacing the whole bolt as well? Super cheap piece of mind at like $3.00 for the bolt and gasket, but I am curious if this is still something that is part of a regular oil change.
      When I was using factory parts, in which the bolt came with a captive washer, I replaced it every time. I replaced it with an aftermarket bolt that has a magnet, and now I use a new copper washer every time.

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      05-21-2020 11:31 PM #3
      Nope. I never replaced the washer either. To date, Iíve never had any leaks.
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    6. 05-21-2020 11:40 PM #5
      Replacing washers and bolts and gaskets, how 20th Century...


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      05-21-2020 11:41 PM #6
      I use an oil extractor, so I donít even mess with the drain plug, and donít even need to get underneath.

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    8. 05-22-2020 12:19 AM #7
      17 Jetta 1.4T bought at 40 miles almost 4 years ago. Now at almost 100k havenít changed the plug not even once. No leaks to this date.


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      05-22-2020 01:03 AM #8
      Oil extractor from the top in less than 5 minutes.
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      05-22-2020 06:55 AM #9
      Copper or aluminum crush washer, every time.

      Audi/VW original steep washer, never. They actually say replace the bolt if the steel washer is damaged but then list the copper/aluminum washers as replacement.


      Oring on a plug no only if damaged or leaking

      Washer with oring, every time.

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      05-22-2020 07:54 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by dwagner88 View Post
      Nope. I never replaced the washer either. To date, Iíve never had any leaks.
      me also. Never had a leak, or drip from the pan bolt.

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      05-22-2020 07:58 AM #11
      Ford has replaced the standard drain plug bolt with a stupid plastic contraption so I replaced this.........




      ..........with this..........


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      05-22-2020 08:48 AM #12
      Never replaced a plug.*
      Never replaced a washer.
      I have one sump plug with an o-ring, but have only changed that one once in 8-10 oil changes.

      *I have changed a plug once because the hex head was starting to strip, but it had nothing to do with a fluid change.

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      05-22-2020 08:57 AM #13
      Only replace what's given to me in the oil change kits I get for the various cars. Usually that includes a crush washer, but not the drain plug.

    15. 05-22-2020 09:17 AM #14
      I always change the crush washer. My wife's old exploder had an integrated gasket but I could dig it out and replace it with an O ring. I feel like every change probably not necessary but certainly every other its worth the money.

    16. 05-22-2020 09:25 AM #15
      Nope, never.

      I replaced the copper crush washer on my motorcycle's drain plug, but only because the filter comes with it from Honda.

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      05-22-2020 09:51 AM #16
      replace the drain plug: what? replace the drain plug? the bolt? why? no. never. (*unless you stripped it or cross-threaded it)

      replace the washer: I replaced the washer with the 1st oil change in each car, but don't do it regularly. I've prob replaced the washers twice in 10 years... "why fix what ain't broke?"
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      05-22-2020 09:57 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Chazwozza View Post
      Nope, never.

      I replaced the copper crush washer on my motorcycle's drain plug, but only because the filter comes with it from Honda.
      I had a Honda that I reused the crush washer on the drain plug after changing coolant right before a road trip. Had to top off every 70 miles. Ooops.

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      05-22-2020 09:58 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      replace the drain plug: what? replace the drain plug? the bolt? why? no. never. (*unless you stripped it or cross-threaded it)

      replace the washer: I replaced the washer with the 1st oil change in each car, but don't do it regularly. I've prob replaced the washers twice in 10 years... "why fix what ain't broke?"

      The steel washer that came on the plug on the mk6 in your sig is considered permanent and reusable. If it becomes damaged (rare) VW says to replace the whole plug. But then also does spec a part number for an aluminum replacement washer.

      Edit.. wait mk6 went to the half steel pan.. so that would be a replace every time copper, the mk4 you had would have been the steel and mk5s.
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      05-22-2020 10:00 AM #19
      I do replace the plug and crush washer each time.

      I also fully acknowledge that itís unnecessary, though. But for 2-3 bucks, itís such an insignificant amount of money to not do it in my mind.
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      05-22-2020 10:09 AM #20
      I've replaced exactly two drain plugs in my life, both of which were on the same pan and both of which were rounded off, probably from some quick lube "tech" thinking every fastener on a 'Murican car must have an SAE head and not metric.

      I'm genuinely curious why someone would pay even $3 to replace a drain plug that isn't damaged.
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      05-22-2020 10:09 AM #21
      The oil change kits I order from FCP have new copper crush washer in them, so I replace that.

      Never the plug.
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      05-22-2020 10:18 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      The oil change kits I order from FCP have new copper crush washer in them, so I replace that.

      Never the plug.
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      05-22-2020 10:20 AM #23
      Seems like a good time to also point out:



      Steel pan steel or copper crush washer


      Aluminum pan steel or aluminum crush washer.

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      05-22-2020 10:22 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by 4.OMG View Post

      I'm genuinely curious why someone would pay even $3 to replace a drain plug that isn't damaged.
      ...because itís 3 dollars. 3 dollars every 6-12 months isnít affecting squat in my budget.
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      05-22-2020 10:24 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Cat View Post
      ...because itís 3 dollars. 3 dollars every 6-12 months isnít affecting squat in my budget.
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