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Old 06-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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New Oil Pan



So the unthinkable has happened.
I began doing my oil change and when I got to taking
off the drain plug I noticed it had broken in two.
This means a piece of it is stuck in the oil pan threading.

Now Ive had the car for just under 2 months, when I baught it
Autobahn East had done the oil service for the dealership.

Now I realise there is a possibility that I broke the plug when I loosened it,
but honestly, I can not begin to describe how tight that plug was.

Anyways, long story shot, most likely ill need a new pan, gasket and
plug, aside from the dealer where do I go?
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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You may not need a pan. We may be able to get the broken part out!
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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I was going to try, I don't want to make it sound like im some kid that is new to this, Ive done serious work on many cars. I have no experience with this car so I'd rather let a pro do it.

Can you please PM me some quotes for the following:
Best Case scenario:
* getting the old plug section out without dropping the pan

* Dropping the pan and getting the piece out

Worst case scenario:
* New oil pan, gasket and plug installed

I could get the vehicle towed to your shop as soon as tmr. I am prepared for all cases, but I need the car running asap.

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:50 PM   #4
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Not to steal business from RMP but I've removed dozens of broken drain plugs from various BMWs and it's usually as easy as putting an ez-out in there and turning gently.

The plugs are hollow and you'd be surprised how loose that piece will actually be. Failing that, get someone to look at it by all means.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:13 AM   #5
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Just like a wheel bolt, once the head is broken off, it should be just about hand tight, and come off very easy. Unless something was damaged before, or gets damaged now, i highly doubt you need a new pan!
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:35 AM   #6
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Thanks for the re-assurment guys, I was looking through some threads on various sites, and I was happy to realize that the bmw plug IS hollow. I will try and find a set of easy outs tmr and get my baby on the road.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:40 AM   #7
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Breaking a steel plug in an aluminum oilpan... I've never seen it. I have whacked a big rock with the drain plug and shattered the pan. lol

Just get another pan on there, that's why I have 3 spares.

Oh wait! you have a 2005... no wonder. I guess they don't make drain plugs like they used to, probably plastic. LOL
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:20 AM   #8
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Breaking a steel plug in an aluminum oilpan...
You've had 4 E30s and you've never seen a broken drain plug?

Fairly common occurrence on all BMWs of all eras and the steel plug is designed to break before stripping the threads on the pan. Some dealers even replace the plugs when changing the oil.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:12 PM   #9
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^ he is right after research i found that it is a common occurence and luckily the plug broke clean off. It was just a matter of using a screw extractor and the remaining piece came out by hand.

I'm taking a wild guess here but maybe this is exactly why BMW made the plug hollow.
It is designed to break right before the first thread and allows for easy extraction. I believe my mistake was using a ratchet, and because I had very little room to work with the ratchet socket must have been crooked on the nut breaking it. I'm such an amateur.
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