Proper Tool to Drain Gearbox
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sun Aug 8 10:42:54 EDT 2004
At 6:22 PM -0400 8/7/04, The Corbs wrote:
>Looks like a 17mm allen key. Couldn't find one locally so tried to make a
>tool using bolt and nuts.
>Found that the plugs have been screwed in so tight that the nuts keep coming
>loose before the plug.
>Any tricks or source for the right tool?
I bought mine when a Snap-On truck was making its rounds at a local
auto repair shop. However I don't seem to find the tool listed in the
their on-line catalog. I had also tried your "nut and bolt"
The driving tip of a proper tool is less than 1' long. As I recall,
there isn't much "headroom" for a long key (plus more chance to
insert at wrong angle and strip the plug) so avoid getting a driver
having excessive length. If you can locate a 17 mm Allen wrench at
Sears (available, according to Kneale), using a piece of it--inserted
into a 17 mm socket--could be a useful alternative.
BTW, I'm sure you'll not make the mistake of removing a drain plug
before getting the filler plug loose, will you? ;-)
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