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carmadmike
May 18, 2017, 6:19pm Report to Moderator

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Hi
I have been looking for some magnetic oil drain plugs.
Which ones are the best at sealing and where did you get yours from. (tapper thread or copper washer).
When I look underneath I can always see oil on the oil drain plugs.  
Are there any tricks to use like thread lock or a sealant to use to stop this.
Looking for good quality as well as price.
Any advise please.
Thanks
Mike.
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Spitfire6
May 18, 2017, 9:51pm Report to Moderator

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Hi,
A good question.
I have always assumed the sump plug is a parallel thread so PTFE and thread tape wont be much good as it relies on the copper compression washer?
If the above is true; a nice fat n soft washer will fix the leak. Maybe a thackery washer or what ever its called. .

I use a pump to change my oil so haven't touched the plug for several years. The wonders of modern oil.

Cheers,
Iain.


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JohnD
May 19, 2017, 7:47am Report to Moderator


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Its amazing what a trivial search will answer for you.
See http://www.club.triumph.org.uk/cgi-bin/forum10/Blah.pl?m

Sump drains use British Standard Pipe thread, the plug being tapered to provide an instant interference fit, as long as there is no damage.  Only then would there be any advantage in a parallel plug and various washers.
BSP is  Whitworth thread, which is so similar to UNF that  one of those can go in, but won't seal.
John


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john2502
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Fitted this a few years ago and have done 3 (or 4 i can't remember) oil changes since, no drips plus as the caption says less chance of rounding off the original square one. Can't argue for £7 and as it's canleys you know the quality is there.

http://www.canleyclassics.com/engine/magnetic-drain-plug/
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Paudman
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One of my favourite photos from a few years back. This one came off my GT6 and is a taper fit.
Imagine all those bits floating around the internals....





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If it was made by man, it can be dismantled and rebuilt by man. Usually just not as easily.
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JohnD
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That looks horrendous.
But wash the plug in degreaser and scrape it off. When not organised into spikes by he magnetic field, what you have is the finest dust of metal wear particles, so fine that they feel like talcum powder between the fingers, almost oily, even if all the oil has gone.
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Spitfire6
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Hi,
As it seems to be a taper thread; careful use of PTFE will aid the seal and removal in the future.

Cheers,
Iain.


Me in Burnley, GB
Spitfire 6 EFI Alpha N (Emerald K3 ECU). Big fat 215/40/16's on the backside. (They fit and minimal camber change). Custom cooling system with 20% EG for winter with 2% corrosion inhibitor. LED's all round. NT 5W40 Oil. 3.27 diff with a LSD by Quaife. TR6 Transmission + J Type.

PUG 206CC 2L twin-Cam. NT 5W40 Oil
Automation and control systems engineer.
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