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#1 axel

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:34 AM

Is there any problem (like oil leakage) using a flat oil pan drain plug washer instead of a crush type washer?

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:27 AM

Im a jamb I'll use copper or aluminum flat washers since they are soft enough to crush a bit.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:59 PM

I'd certainly check for leaks after using a "non-crush" type washer. What's wrong with using a crush washer (p/n 11126AA000)? They are certainly cheap enough. Someone here on the Board made a bulk buy and re-sold the excess on the Board. I bought 20 of them; hopefully he does it again.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 02:22 PM

I think they are .53 or so at the dealer. I buy a pack of 6 often.

At Advance they are more than a buck or so a piece. Come in a cute little display box made to hang on a large display black/yellow. I wanna say 3 bucks for 2 crush washers.

I keep the copper assortment here. Some cars (like a 2003 Acura that I maintain) there is hardly any room for a crush washer or even a wide copper washer.

Some of the Chevy's get a copper washer.

FYI that's all you got on the air cooled VW's. And hardly the reason they leak oil (lots of other reasons).

In my opinion beats nothing or a steel washer.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:15 PM

Am i the only one who just forever reuses the old ones.....?

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:22 PM

Am i the only one who just forever reuses the old ones.....?


Nope...I have been driving subs for 30 years and cannot recall buying even one

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:25 PM

Am i the only one who just forever reuses the old ones.....?

definitely not. actually when i see crush washer questions i got :confused: at first, having never done it and never knowing anything about it. let's see....30+ Subaru's i've owned, driven 45,000 miles in one year before - and i've always reused the old ones.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:29 PM

definitely not. actually when i see crush washer questions i got :confused: at first, having never done it and never knowing anything about it. let's see....30+ Subaru's i've owned, driven 45,000 miles in one year before - and i've always reused the old ones.


hmm.. now that i think about it.. i dont think i even have a washer in there.......................... :eek:

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:13 PM

The quick lube places apparently don't put them on either(if they did they'd probably be 5 bucks).

Life goes on without them.

I'm usually servicing friends/family or cars to sell. Can't rely on oil getting checked, leaks on ground being reported, etc. Folks don't like to see drips. I prefer to minimize them when possible.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:57 PM

Am i the only one who just forever reuses the old ones.....?



Nope, not untill i got a great deal on a ton of them from here.


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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:05 AM

Nope, not untill i got a great deal on a ton of them from here.


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when was the last time that happened?
im up for a group buy...

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:20 AM

They will last several oil changes, if you do not overtighten the plug. I replace mine every 4 to 5 changes. If you do not have one, you will have a seeping leak, or eventually damage the mating surface by compensating by overtightening to stop the leak.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:42 AM

hmm.. now that i think about it.. i dont think i even have a washer in there.......................... :eek:


It's probably sufficiently crushed that it's gripping the threads so it doesn't fall off, and the head is smooshed enough that it looks like part of the bolt head.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 09:50 AM

I reuse the old washer 4 or 5 times.
Then I replace it with a new crush-washer. Not because the old one leaks; it never does.
But more out of a sense of guilt: The mighty Subaru engineers have decreed that the washer should not be reused, and I feel that I ought to comply. So I do, but only every 5th time!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:30 AM

when was the last time that happened?
im up for a group buy...


5 for $2.50, 10 for $5.00, plus shipping. lots available.

let me know.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 03:32 PM

I reuse the old washer 4 or 5 times.
Then I replace it with a new crush-washer. Not because the old one leaks; it never does.
But more out of a sense of guilt: The mighty Subaru engineers have decreed that the washer should not be reused, and I feel that I ought to comply. So I do, but only every 5th time!


yeah, basically that is about what i do, I never really torque the plugs down that much, so they never really squish out of shape. I learned to not overtigthen them, I probably should put some more foot lbs on, but never had a problem in 20 years. usually one new washer for every 5 or 6 oil filters.....thru experience, and not over tightening, can reusue them a lot.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:29 PM

i put a new one on every time. 2 dollars a year on crush washers isn't going to break the bank.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:00 PM

5 for $2.50, 10 for $5.00, plus shipping. lots available.

let me know.
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Thats where i got mine from :)

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 06:45 PM

I don't have a OEM pan so i need to find somewhere else to get a crush washer :-\ The actual plug is alot smaller with my car. Either way mine looks to be just a flat aluminum washer.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:23 PM

I've never replaced one and mine never leak.




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