Join Date: Jan 2005
Re: Sump Plug, yet another thread!
I agree-good advice.I filed two flats on a stubborn one and then used large molegrips and a tube as an extension.I dreaded the sump thread being stripped but it worked.It was fine for several subsequent leak-free changes over the next 72000 miles after which I sold the car.Garages just don't seem to bother with torque wrenches.Following my last 147 dealer oil service,it took a setting of 90Nm(Alloy wheel bolt setting!) to undo it.I've always used an 8mm Allen bit on a 10mm socket,torqued to 20Nm as mentioned.The 8mm bit seems to be a loose fit,so I put a paper towel over the bit first and press it into the plug.I'm thinking I might try sawing 2cm off a good Allen key instead because a flat,square end makes for a closer fit.
I've just used Shop4parts for the first time (my Dealer had the Receivers in when I went for my Selenia Racing + bits.)I ordered 5 litres,oil filter and rear brake pads -£76.77 including postage.It arrived the next day.I am very impressed with their service.I don't know anywhere else where you can buy 5 litres, I always had to buy 3x2litre tins from Fiat/Alfa dealers so Shop4parts will be getting more business from me in future.