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Re: Bugger!

I found myself in a similar predicament in that I could not budge it even though there was no damage to the plug. I realised that heat makes metal expand so I left it for 3 hours to cool down fully, slackened off the plug slightly THEN ran the engine for 10 mins to wam oil again.
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If there's enough of the drain plug to grip some moles around it here is a method I've used in the past to shift stubborn skt heads etc:

Select a half inch drive hex head socket (allen key head) thats going to be a light 'hammer fit'-perhaps as Zulu Ferret suggests imperial AF if neccesary,and a good pair of mole grips.

'Fit' the socket into the drain plug.Snap the moles squarley and firmly as poss. onto the side of the drain plug.Using a ratchet on the socket,attempt to undo it again.When you 'feel' there's no more to come,with your other hand pull gently but firmly pull on the mole grips at the same time.This isnt exactly doubling the turning force,but will increase your purchase on the drain plug by a fair old amount.

Obviously there's no exact science in shifting things like stubborn or rusted fixings.Alot relies on your own dexterity and experience.Hope this may possibly help.Good luck
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Well, with a little help I got the car to the garage who were also doing most of my electrical faults.

Thankfully they managed to sort everything, only downside being the cost of Alfa spare parts, but apart from that excellent service from Kirkhill Autos (anyone struggling to find an Alfa garage in NE scotland I suggest there)

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