Oil Pan drain plug torque


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Old 03-06-23, 12:16 PM
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Oil Pan drain plug torque

I have a 2017 Chrysler 300 with the 3.5 litre V6. The Dealer has paid for (and done) the all the oil changes up til now which has been sweet for me, and they haven't stripped out the oil drain plug threads, and I don't want to either. It seems like 25 ft pounds of torque is ok but wanted to check with the REAL experts!
 
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Old 03-06-23, 12:24 PM
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I've never put a torque wrench on a drain plug. All I have ever done is just make it nice and snug [by feel] No need to over tighten it. I'm not a mechanic but have always worked on my own stuff.
 
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Old 03-06-23, 12:24 PM
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SNUG..... period.
There is no need for excessive tightening.

I had Fumoto ez change valves on my Ford vans. Awesome.... never leaked.
Takes the place of the oil plug.
 
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Old 03-06-23, 12:44 PM
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I will never short change MarkSr's advice, but after having two shops pay for the replacement of two complete oil pans (on my company trucks) because somebody else's Idea of "snug" was certainly not your, or my, idea of what that was lol So I try to get torque number and use the torque wrench whenever possible.
I like that quick drain, going after a couple of those! It almost looks like you could thread a drain hose on the outlet side of that valve to direct the oil stream better?
 
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Old 03-06-23, 01:41 PM
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The one in the picture is an ez drain. I'm using the Fumoto ones.
I don't think mine had a threaded outlet.
On a van it's plenty high to get a large drain pan under it. (my diesel van uses 15qts of oil)

Sorry to say... I trust no one to change my oil.
Not sure if your vehicle uses a sealing gasket/ring but be sure to replace it.
Some vehicles use a copper or aluminum crush washer.
 
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Your vehicle has a rubber washer to seal the drain plug. You tighten it until it bulges. They are re-useable.
I prefer the aluminum crush washer. Your drain plug is 14mm if you want to shop washers.
 
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Oil in pan is at 0 gauge pressure. No need to go more than 1/4 turn past hand tight.
 
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Fumoto is better than a frosted mug of beer. Get one. Now.
 
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LOL. I ordered two of them today, both with the option to install a drain hose. Looking forward to installing them!
 
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I used about 2 wraps of Teflon tape. So don't make it too tight in the drain hole if you use tape. Don't listent to the know it all crowd about Teflon. I put it in about 150K miles ago, and now I have 320K miles. Won't hurt a thing.
 
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I guess I never heard anything bad about teflon tape. I HAVE to use it on my Cushman Golfster's OMC 18hp twin engine. I got a blank response when I asked the girl at Fumoto if she had one that fit THAT engine. I only change oil once a year on it, but it is a pain getting the plug out of it.
 
 

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