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10-12-2014 04:35 PM
brian d As TOK mentioned, check first. My JK did not require the fabricated tool. My exhaust crossover was back far enough to provide me plenty of clearance.
10-12-2014 04:04 PM
Got_Mud Autozone - 17MM VW drain plug (3/8"drive) - $2.99

14mm hex (1/2 drive) for fill plug, little hard to find.
10-12-2014 03:15 PM
MnJK Another option. Found this on eBay for $9.99 including shipping.
Tool VW BMW Audi Porsche 17mm Transmission Drain Plug Socket Fill Wrench Allen | eBay
10-12-2014 02:34 PM
WillB
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Originally Posted by lakemm21 View Post
I too am a newbie to jeeps and have wondered this very same thing. I called a jeep dealer and they told me they use a 1+ inch 17mm hex socket from Matco. It's $16 minus shipping. The part number is BP17MA should the link below not work. Excuse us for cheating!

BP17MA 17MM DRAIN PLUG SOCKET
Yippy. Another excuse to visit the Matco truck.
06-25-2013 11:23 AM
TOK Not sure if this clearance issue affected all JK's at one time, but I have a 2013 Sport and the pipe that crosses under the trans drain is far enough forward that clearance doesn't appear to be an issue.

I simply went out and purchased two bolts, one with a 17mm head and the other with a 14mm and put two nuts back to back at their centers.

Total cost for all of it was under $5. Going to order Redline MTL, which no local place has on the shelves. I will update if there are any complications with this setup when I'm done.
06-25-2013 10:57 AM
legitposter A bolt with a 17mm head and a 17mm nut attached is the cheapest route but I went around to every hardware store and couldn't find bolt heads that big. I was surprised.

A trimmed 17mm hex tool would work great as well but I don't think I have the tools to cut a hex tool right now.

I ordered a tool piece similar to what another poster responded with. I'll post results if they're good.
06-25-2013 05:41 AM
kjeeper10 Cheapest tool I've seen is a lopped hex tool. Used a open end wrench to remove the plug.
Problem is you do bot have a lot of room. Cut just enough to fit the plug and enough for the wrench to grab onto.
06-24-2013 05:31 PM
fljeepleo
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Originally Posted by lakemm21 View Post
I too am a newbie to jeeps and have wondered this very same thing. I called a jeep dealer and they told me they use a 1+ inch 17mm hex socket from Matco. It's $16 minus shipping. The part number is BP17MA should the link below not work. Excuse us for cheating!

BP17MA 17MM DRAIN PLUG SOCKET
Nice, gonna have to add that to the collection.
06-24-2013 05:28 PM
lakemm21
Manual Transmission Plug Tool

I too am a newbie to jeeps and have wondered this very same thing. I called a jeep dealer and they told me they use a 1+ inch 17mm hex socket from Matco. It's $16 minus shipping. The part number is BP17MA should the link below not work. Excuse us for cheating!

BP17MA 17MM DRAIN PLUG SOCKET
04-29-2013 03:46 PM
cnhmatthews
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Originally Posted by Chrimbler View Post
You're too lazy to fabricate the tool, but not lazy enough to change your own oil??....
It's really not that hard to make one, get a 17mm allen key, cut a one inch section off or get a 1" M17 bolt and 2 nuts.
Here's your answer. Just fine a bolt with 17mm head and thread 2 nuts on the end and tighten against each other. Use this method and Si Robertson would be proud of you.
04-29-2013 10:40 AM
Rooster76 It shows how to make one, and the clearance your working with HERE> Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler NSG-370 Manual Transmission Service

I'm wondering if this 17mm one would work for the tight spot? Maybe not because it's a socket.
BGS Tools 1/2" Bit Socket Int. Hex. 17x55mm 5184-H17 on eBay!

Looks like you need a 14mm one also, but it doesn't need to be so short.

If you find a cheap spot to get one post it up.
04-29-2013 10:30 AM
Chrimbler You're too lazy to fabricate the tool, but not lazy enough to change your own oil??....
It's really not that hard to make one, get a 17mm allen key, cut a one inch section off or get a 1" M17 bolt and 2 nuts.
04-29-2013 10:20 AM
chipmonk66gt It needs a special tool? Can you post a pic? I'm curious. I would imagine it would have been a 3/8 socket like most drain plugs.
04-29-2013 09:18 AM
SackLunch bump.....anyone?
04-28-2013 08:09 PM
SackLunch
Manual Transmission Drain Plug Tool

Would anyone be willing to send / sell me their tool they used to unscrew the manual transmission fluid drain plug? I'm too lazy to fabricate one myself.

Or any tips on a work around the exhaust manifold would be appreciated.

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