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Old 06-03-2011, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help... While trying to unscrew the oil drain plug on my 04 Pilot, the plug rounded off. I've tried sockets and wrenches. There is almost no room next to the bolt so vise grips have been unsuccessful. I also cant get a straight shot with a drill to drill the bolt out. Anyone have any ideas?
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Have you tried goose neck pliers?
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check with your local hardware/home-improvement/auto-parts store for sockets specifically designed to remove rounded-off bolts.

Just one example: Bolt Extractors - Tools - IRWIN TOOLS
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Thanks you two. I really appreciate the advice. I will check into it!
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I'd try a pipe wrench first. It will automatically increase positive pressure on the bolt as you try to turn it.
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Don't remove it till you have a replacement plug to put on in it's place. Get a new washer as well.
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no offense, but are you sure you're messing with the correct bolt? there is a lot of room around the drain bolt (you say there isn't any room) to use vise grips from the bottom. One thing that has worked for me in the past on rounded bolt is hammer on a socket this is slightly too small (like a cheap SAE socket). then use a breaker bar to turn it. you will probably not be able to get bolt out of socket so make sure you have new drain bolt and don't use an expensive socket.

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I am still trying to figure out how an oil drain plug gets rounded off.
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Thanks you guys. The bolt extractor worked like a charm. One of the most expensive oil changes I've ever done.
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I am still trying to figure out how an oil drain plug gets rounded off.
The same way my father in law does it, using standard sockets and box wrenches on a metric vehicle. 14mm or 1/2 inch? Who cares, close enough is close enough. He never will understand the difference.
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