|06-17-2012 07:09 PM|
|98GunmetalTJ||Glad you got it out!|
|06-17-2012 05:05 PM|
|Mctim35||So I finally got the plug out this weekend. I hit it with PB Blaster a few times over the past couple weeks and picked up that impact driver from Sears. Realized as I was getting started it's a 1/2" drive and my hex socket is 3/8". Ugh. So I just set it in with a few taps of the 3# Estwing and eased it out. A new drain plug and some fresh MaxATF and she's good to go. Thanks for the help!|
|06-04-2012 03:32 PM|
Same deal with my HOA. Have to do most of my wrenching in the garage. If you have a Harbor Freight in town, pick this up. Hands down one of the best purchases I've made. I've got numerous airtools, and this electric impact wrench is my go to. I'd normaly say you get what you pay for, but this thing is a beast. And for about $40 it's a steal (use the 20% off coupon).
Electric Impact Wrench - 1/2"
|06-04-2012 02:35 PM|
|Mctim35||Thanks for the input guys! I ordered a new plug from the dealer ($1.25) and I'm hoping I can get it out w/o any welding. Unfortunately the Homeowners Association frowns upon me even doing my own oil changes let alone welding in the driveway (not to mention I don't own a welder yet...). I'm gonna hit it with the PB Blaster again and see if Sears has the impact driver. I'll keep ya posted.|
|06-03-2012 06:22 PM|
|98GunmetalTJ||Ran into this issue the other day will my fill plug. Hit it with PB Blaster, used a hammer to seat the bit in as good as possible, and used an impact wrench. Fortunately it broke free. I was going to try the next biggest size bit and hammer it in if that didn't work. My next option then would have been a sharp chisel and a hammer. Hit the plug in a counter-clockwise direction with the chisel and hammer. Chisel should bite and help loosen the plug with enough good whacks. Failing that, I'd try an extractor tool. If you've got a welder, you could always do what Vinman did and weld a nut/bolt to it. Good luck!|
|06-03-2012 05:31 PM|
|06-03-2012 05:19 PM|
While I don't think much heat will hurt, I don't recommend it, That fluid starts to break down a certain temps but if your changing prolly doesn't matter. I would be concerned about fire. But I have be known to weld or take a propane pen torch to those buggers in a fit of rage and not caring.
|06-03-2012 04:36 PM|
NP231 Drain plug issue
So I went to change out the fluids today - F&R diffs, trans, and transfer case. All went well until I got to the drain plug on the transfer case. I got the fill plug loose first but the drain plug started to strip . I sprayed it with PB Blaster hoping that will work. If not, is it OK to put some heat to it? I'm hoping I can still get a bite of it and ease it out if I can loosen it up.