Picking Out a Right Proper Oil Drain Plug
Plugs keep stuff from spilling out. Considering that your average vehicle has a whole lot of messy fluids roiling about, that's a very good thing. You're thinking, easy as pie, right? What could be simpler than picking out one plug over another, right? Well, the truth is, there's enough to consider to keep you busy! It's important that you take the time to read through the following pointers to avoid a bad purchase.
Finding the right fit
If you want to cop out and just read one line in this guide, this is the one you want to be reading: the best guide to picking out an oil drain plug that is a perfect fit for your vehicle's specific year, make, and model. In fact, the great thing is that a lot of the manuals even feature the exact part number to make ordering so much easier.
In terms of physical appearance, there are three terms that you have to know. This knowledge will allow you to better spot and match the oil plug that you want to get with one in a catalog. This is most especially true if the catalog has a written description!
- Simple hex: this is the most basic, simplest shape-a hexagon-shaped protrusion on the top end of your plug.
- Flanged hex: this is a variant of the simple hex where the appearance is essentially the same as a simple hex but with the addition of a gasket or washer.
- Piggyback Drain Plug: this type stands out because the screw projects upwards of the hex-leaving a notch separating the two.
Sealing the deal
Even if your original drain plug did not come with a gasket or washer, it is advisable to get one with these cheap, little things because they held to tighten the seal of the plug. If will cost you next to nothing to have one attached-in return, you can expect significantly less leakage!
Lastly, if you have an option to go for a kit set, it's always better than an individual purchase. For a handful of change over the basic price, you get all you need for a tight fit. Usually, you get the plug, a gasket, and sometimes even an extra plug for the road!
DIY Car Maintenance: Installing an Oil Drain Plug
The bane of any automobile owner when it comes to fog lights is condensation. When condensation collects inside the lens and outside the bulb and wiring off your fog lights, you run the risk of getting them damaged due to short circuiting. This will then lead to decreased effectiveness. Luckily, it's easier to take care of this problem than most people think. We actually came up with an effective solution to this problem. Just follow the instructions carefully, and you can get your fog lights up and shining in no time at all!
Stuff you'll need:
- Owner's manual
- Baking sheet
- Pot holders
Step 1: Always disconnect your battery before doing anything.
Step 2: Disassemble your headlight assembly using your manual as a reference.
Step 3: Unscrew the bulb socket from behind the assembly.
Step 4: Take the bulb by its socket and remove it from the assembly.
Cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the size of your baking sheet, and soak this in water before resting it on the sheet's surface.
Step 5: Place the assemblies on the wet cardboard and heat them in an oven set to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
*NOTE* Apply silicon sealant around the seams of the assembly, and replace all rubber gaskets-this ensures that further condensation will not build up again.
Step 6: Take them out using the pot holders until the condensations disappears-roughly 3 minutes.
Step 7: Double-check that all condensation is gone from all components and reassemble the light-and you're done!