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Oil drain plug size

Postby Wrightbr » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:53 pm

Can somebody please confirm that the oil drain plug on my GTA turbo is 3/8" before I try to change the oil? I have tried searching but found no answer :(

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Postby Stunned Monkey » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:00 pm

if it has the square socket drive, it's 8mm. Often they also have a 17 or 19mm hex to put a spanner on too.
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Postby Wrightbr » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:04 pm

Thanks for the reply.

It is the square socket key.I have just been out and checked as I have an 8mm key but looked too small, and it is too small? Also have an 11mm key and that was too big so assume 3/8"?

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Postby Stunned Monkey » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:26 pm

Everything else on the engine is metric... maybe 10mm?
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Postby Wrightbr » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:29 pm

Would make sense as 11mm seems just too big?
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Postby JohnC » Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:56 pm

Can confirm it is 10mm, If it has not got one already, get one with a magnet fitted. I did, its amazing what sticks to it when removed to do an oil change.
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How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

Postby si21 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:34 pm

JohnC wrote:Can confirm it is 10mm, If it has not got one already, get one with a magnet fitted. I did, its amazing what sticks to it when removed to do an oil change.


Its just that heat kills magentism so I was wondering how long it would last?

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Re: How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

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Its just that heat kills magentism so I was wondering how long it would last?

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Re: How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

Postby David Gentleman » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:17 pm

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Its just that heat kills magentism so I was wondering how long it would last?

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Re: How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

Postby clee » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:21 pm

David Gentleman wrote:
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Its just that heat kills magentism so I was wondering how long it would last?

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Re: How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

Postby JohnC » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:18 pm

si21 wrote:[

Its just that heat kills magentism so I was wondering how long it would last?

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The oil does not get hot enough to affect the magnetic in my humble opinion.There is also one or more fitted in GTA gearboxes. I noticed it when I replaced an oil seal buried deep inside the box. I have been using magnetic drain plugs for years, and have never got the impression that they have lost their effect. You can purchase them in Hypermarkets in France for all cars complete with washer, dont know about UK though.
They are very effective judging by the silver/grey slime stuck to them when removed.
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Postby simontaylor » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:07 am

some manufactureres leave magnets in the bottom of the oil pan, also in autoboxes too. They wont go far, so long as the pan is steel.

I put a few of magnets on the outside of my Lexus oil filters and they collect quite a few fine particles over 10k miles even after 160k miles. Allloy block like a PRV.

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Postby clee » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:13 am

Can't see the point in an all ali engine :lol: :lol:
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Postby JohnC » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:10 pm

clee wrote:Can't see the point in an all ali engine :lol: :lol:


The minute metal particals dont come from the ali castings, they come from liners, rings etc. Its the metal that accumulates as wear takes place, it is carried around by the oil, and hopefuffy gets picked up by the magnet and is stopped from recirculated around the engin, thus reducing further wear due to abrasive oil. I grant you it is marginal, but every little helps.
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Re: How long have you had the magnetic plug ?

Postby Stunned Monkey » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:19 pm

David Gentleman wrote:
General magnet knowledge.


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