View Full Version : Check plugs stripped =(
02-02-2004, 07:47 AM
I always seem to have this problem on my cars and it's getting pretty annoying!
About 6 months ago Ihad an oil change place change my oil and "check" my tranny and diff, well apparently they didn't check crap because they stripped out my check plugs on both! I've tried taking her to a few p[laces but everyone keeps teling me to torch them and get new plugs. That seems a little extreme, is there any other way to get these buggers out?
My tranny seems to rattle a little when you go past about 3500rpms and I still have an annoying "clunk" from the rear end every now and then. I'm pretty sure both tranny and diff fluids are burned and/or low and need to chang them asap =(
02-02-2004, 08:52 AM
that clunk is prolly old wornout halfshafts.
02-02-2004, 09:12 AM
How do you find out for sure if it's the halfshafts?
02-12-2004, 08:50 PM
You could run over the mechanics who stripped your plugs and ask them to check if it's the half shafts clunking around while they're under there. :)
02-13-2004, 04:12 PM
believe me, I'd just LOVE to do that!
I know my fluid in my tranny is almost gone probably, it tends to grind all gears at higher rpms, is fine when normal driving and there's also a nice little rattle coming from down there. I really don't have the means to get the plugs out myself and/or pay for a mechanic to do it. I hate when people screw things up and *forget* to tell the cars owners, arghhh
02-13-2004, 07:36 PM
just pull the driveshaft let the tranny drain while the front tires are on ramps. when drained put driveshaft back on. roll car off of ramps DO NOT START THE CAR!!!!! you will damage the tranny if you do. because even if it is out of gear it still spins the input shaft. next pull the trim piece around the shifter and remove the shifter. and just add the capacity of oil it needs. I think its like 2.5 quarts not sure. then put the shifter but together.
02-13-2004, 07:44 PM
its actuall 2 and 2/3rds. i always just put 3 in. never had a problem.
02-13-2004, 09:22 PM
omg DUH I never thought of that! good idea, any tricks for the differential though? I don't suppose there is...oh well, thanks a bunch!
02-13-2004, 10:44 PM
well if you can remove your drain plug drain it. I'm not sure but I think all diff's have a vent somewhere at the top. just fill it there if you can. not sure if ours have a vent, and if so how large and how hard to squeeze gear oil into it
02-25-2004, 12:47 AM
Go to a general muffler or repair shop and have them weld a big nut to each of the plugs that are buggered. when it cools you can wrench em out. done this many times where i work and it works great. That or the trusty universal wrench- vice pliers
02-25-2004, 12:59 AM
what i did on my old truck was bore the hole out and retap it to accept a larger check plug
welding anut on there is a great idea though, since it makes the thread stronger
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