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#1 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 12:30 PM
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Our BMW's have a special drain plug. It's designed to break away in case it''s over tighten. The gorillas that man most oil drain pits tighten every drain plug about as hard as they can. The BMW's will break and will remain in the the drain pan by a thread or two.
Be sure to have your oil change by someone in the know.
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Sounds like you learned the hard way.

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Sounds like you learned the hard way.
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Almost! The car I recently purchased had one of those Fast-Change plates on the windshield and it made me nervious. I checked the drain plug and you guessed it. It was in two pieces.
A new one from the dealership with washer was less than $5.00.
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good to know, thanx for the heads up!
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Aha, well that makes sense. I couldn't figure out why they would go to the trouble of drilling the oil drain plug. But this makes sense if it saves a damaged oil pan. The oil pan is aluminum, so ruining the threads could be easy.

I've gone to the quiky lube exactly once because I had a free coupon. They shorted me a quart and I was in a hurry for the weekend and didn't check. I proceeded to tow 2 snowmobiles for 300 miles with a 4 cylinder pickup. No serious damage, but never again. I've changed my own oil since I started driving. That's at least 43 times in my Dakota!!

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Aha, well that makes sense. I couldn't figure out why they would go to the trouble of drilling the oil drain plug. But this makes sense if it saves a damaged oil pan. The oil pan is aluminum, so ruining the threads could be easy.

I've gone to the quiky lube exactly once because I had a free coupon. They shorted me a quart and I was in a hurry for the weekend and didn't check. I proceeded to tow 2 snowmobiles for 300 miles with a 4 cylinder pickup. No serious damage, but never again. I've changed my own oil since I started driving. That's at least 43 times in my Dakota!!
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A well equipted BMW / M-B will have the ability to suck the oil out through the dip-stick hole. The newer Benz's don't even have a drain plug!
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