I got a leaking oil plug. Any ideas how to fix?
Do you have a brass washer on it
Loosen it, then wrap string around it then re-tighten it.
It has a brass ring, the threads don't feel to good.
I think I`ll try the thread, thanks guys.
Rick, can you tighten it fully and it still leaks, or does it not tighten due to the stripped threads?... If the latter I would be very concerned about it loosening up to the point of falling out which would, as you know, be disastrous.
I know brass is correct, but I prefer copper, because it's softer.
I had the same problem and after many tries I found a small pin hole in the case next to the plug. I drained the oil and let it drain for 2 days and then used carb cleaner for another day on and off to get all the oil from the hole and then brazed the hole. Never leaked again. Maybe could have gotten away with J B Weld. I have another pan on the floor with the same problem.
Try one of those oil plug replacement kits? Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Not a lot of money for the chance.
A new plug costs $2.75. With magnet, $5.95. New washers are original brass ($1), copper (65¢), or fiber (20¢). Prices may vary by dealer.
I found the threads on a cheap magnet plug from Snyder's didn't feel like it tightened well when I tried it. Bought a costlier generic magnet plug from England (can't remember where) that had a little larger diameter on the threads but still entered fine in my pan and now I'm a happy oil tight camper that isn't afraid the threads will go as soon as I tighten the plug
Has anyone used the $3.95 magnet plug from Snyder's with success?
(I guess it's a classic example of you'll get what you pay for.. But it's such an important part that it should have been better made even if it would make it cost some more)
(Message edited by Roger K on August 19, 2015)
As of last night I`m almost afraid to go near it. I`ve had so many problems come up with this car. My first restore wasn't near as hard. The more you add to a car the more you go through. I`ve built this car from parts from all over the country from scratch. My first car`s name is Lulu, I think I`ll go out and kiss her right on her fender. I`ve been buying parts here and there for a speedster, no more after that. Just take care of what I have, and help others on their Tee`s