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post #1 of 25 Old Nov 26th, 2005, 10:58 pm Thread Starter
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Transmission Oil Drain

I've done a search, and haven't found a mention of the size of hex (allen) wrench needed to get that transmission oil drain plug out.

How big is that monster? I think the engive and rear end were 3/8" (or whatever that is in metric). But that transmission drain is a ????????

I'll have to go to the store and buy that !!!

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post #2 of 25 Old Nov 26th, 2005, 11:10 pm
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It is a 14mm hex available at Autozone. There is standard equivalent , but I dont remember what it is. Hope this helps.
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Drain plug hex size

It takes a 14mm hex drive socket. Fairly expensive and hard to find except thru $nap-on or Mac. The simplest tool is to get a coupling nut for threaded rod that has a 9/16 hex. You may have to lightly file one end to fit the plug. Just put a socket on the other end. Probably less than $2 at any building supply center or decent hardware store.

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I just got a 13, 14 and 15mm hex set, 3/8 inch drive, for $8 at the Auto Zone.
Comes in a bubble pack

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Same here, except mine was 12, 14, 17. $8 at AutoZone

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No auto zone close to me

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You can get it at NAPA also.

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Same here, except mine was 12, 14, 17. $8 at AutoZone
I have the same set. Plus the 12mm is useful for when you remove the rear swing arm to change out the clutch slave cylinder.

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I just got a 13, 14 and 15mm hex set, 3/8 inch drive, for $8 at the Auto Zone.
Comes in a bubble pack
Man... The Autozones in my area have never heard of this item... I looked at THREE stores with no luck before ordering from Graingers for <cough> more that $8!!!!

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Sounds like an item for the Christmas list, if you can wait that long!

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Man... The Autozones in my area have never heard of this item... I looked at THREE stores with no luck before ordering from Graingers for <cough> more that $8!!!!
I kept the original packing from the one I purchased at Auto Zone. The tooks are by OEM Industrial. The Part Number on the package is 25417. Click here to see what you want.

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Try asking for hex sockets/wrenches for rear ends.

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I stand corrected...it was 12 (not 13), 14 and 17mm. I asked the guy behind the counter and he gave me the look like I was speaking Greek so I looked on the big tool display and they were hanging right there in front of me.

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another alternative is your friendly Sears store. Craftsman has a set of 8 I believe ranging downward from 15mm. Guarenteed for life.

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I stand corrected...it was 12 (not 13), 14 and 17mm. I asked the guy behind the counter and he gave me the look like I was speaking Greek so I looked on the big tool display and they were hanging right there in front of me.

This seems to be a pattern for the Autozone. Two years ago, after I learned from this site where to get the 14mm I proceeded to call every Autozone in a 150 mile radius and got the same reply. "Gee we don't have hexes that big" I even gave them the 12mm 14mm 17mm bubble package description and the item did not register.
At the store I got the same answer, but a quick walk through the isles and there they were. Cashier at particular Autozone store said he had never sold them before. Now I see the same set at lots of places including Napa, Pep Boys, Fasteners incorporated ,etc and always for about $8.00+,-.
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The guy at the Autozone I went to must have been the exception: "OPh, the ones for the transmission drain plugs". What do you know...

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I got a set at Harbor Freight for about $10.00

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Getting back to the original question (already answered)

You'll find it a lot easier to use if you remove the socket adaptor from the actual 14 mm allen "stub"
and then use a 14mm wrench on the "stub" to loosen the drain plug.
there are a couple of helpfull pictures here:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17619


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I did exactly as Hans suggested. Works great and easy to get up in place. dwillie.
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Getting back to the original question (already answered)

You'll find it a lot easier to use if you remove the socket adaptor from the actual 14 mm allen "stub"
and then use a 14mm wrench on the "stub" to loosen the drain plug.
there are a couple of helpfull pictures here:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17619
It may be easier, but it's almost like cheating or something Hans. I don't see how you can lubricate the garage floor doing it your way.
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I was stuck last week looking for a Hex key big enough to fit that plug. The local auto parts store was all out of larger hex keys. In a pinch you could take a 4 or 5 inch long hex head bolt (with a 14mm head), put it in a vice and bend it in the shape of a hex key. Much cheaper than buying one and in my case much more available. Just a though..................
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Guys,

I was stuck last week looking for a Hex key big enough to fit that plug. The local auto parts store was all out of larger hex keys. In a pinch you could take a 4 or 5 inch long hex head bolt (with a 14mm head), put it in a vice and bend it in the shape of a hex key. Much cheaper than buying one and in my case much more available. Just a though..................
I would call that "old school" or in your case Canadian ingenuity,
when you don't have it you make it like a "real" mechanic would.
I'll bet you probably even try to fix things
rather than just replace them like most of us lazy mechanics do.


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I also used Hans' method. The only problem I had was that I couldn't get my torque wrench in there to tighten the drain afterward.

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Harbor Freight also sells a set from 8mm to 19mm
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Guys,

I was stuck last week looking for a Hex key big enough to fit that plug. The local auto parts store was all out of larger hex keys. In a pinch you could take a 4 or 5 inch long hex head bolt (with a 14mm head), put it in a vice and bend it in the shape of a hex key. Much cheaper than buying one and in my case much more available. Just a though..................
+1. If you don't want to bend it, get two nuts that fit it, thread both on the bottom of the bolt, and turn them hard against each other to lock them. Use a 14mm open end wrench on the top nut to remove the drain plug (as you turn the nut CC it will lock even harder against the bottom nut). Use the wrench on the bottom nut to replace the drain plug.

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