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Old 12-24-2011, 10:49 PM
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I recently worked on a car (new-to-me track car) that had a slight leak at the drain plug... and it turned out to be TWO gaskets on there!!

Crazy things happen. You might have changed the washer, but there might be another one on there from a previous oil change.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:37 AM
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So SNAPSLAP did you solve the oil drip problem?
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Hurdigurdiman View Post
I would simply torque the drain plug to 37 ft/lb. If that doesnt work, get a new plug and washer and re-use the oil from a clean container as Ubermensch suggests.
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:59 AM
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Hi all - a little more muscle on the wrench fixed the drip. Time to invest in a torque wrench i guess! Thanks for all the help and tips.
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Originally Posted by SnapSlap View Post
Hi all - a little more muscle on the wrench fixed the drip. Time to invest in a torque wrench i guess! Thanks for all the help and tips.
The good news is the leak was from an incorrectly tightened oil drain plug.

But that is also the bad news. Had you not noticed the leak, or assumed it meant nothing, the drain plug could have come loose and possibly cost you an engine.

Get yourself a good torque wrench. There's no excuse to not have one if one is doing his own oil/filter servicing, or any other work for that matter.

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:38 AM
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Hi all - a little more muscle on the wrench fixed the drip. Time to invest in a torque wrench i guess! Thanks for all the help and tips.
Get yourself a tourque wrench but you dont have to spend a bundle on one. I got a Torin (made in Ontario Canada) for twenty odd dollars. I also got a collapsible wheel wrench which fits in my tool box for about the same amount. Glad that you fixed the oil drip.
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Default 37ftlb for 996, how about 997.1TT? 19mm plug is 44ft-lb or 52ft-lb?

Having same issue on my 997.1 TT was at 44Ft-lb and already cranked to 52 Ftlb. Might have to change washer..
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I just had this issue and found out my torque wrench was way off. Check yours for correct calibration.
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