Changing the oil

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jg, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. jg

    jg Guest

    ....should be easy, right? But the bloody thing has an 8mm (maybe) square
    socket in the sump plug, a tool for which isn't available from any tool shop
    around here. Haven't tried a volvo dealer yet but don't want to give the
    satisfaction. Just wanted to say... geeze.
     
    jg, Apr 11, 2005
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    Mike F Guest

    Another of the joys of the V6.

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    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

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    Mike F, Apr 11, 2005
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  3. jg

    disallow Guest

    Can't you just use your ratchet with no socket
    on it? My honda's trannie plug is like that,
    no socket required, just the ratchet or a
    breaker bar.

    t
     
    disallow, Apr 11, 2005
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  4. special volvo wrench required...it
    keeps up the revenue stream.....
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Apr 11, 2005
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  5. jg

    jg Guest

    They are only 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" (and come in some bigger sizes). 5/16"
    would have been about right but there is no such.
     
    jg, Apr 11, 2005
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  6. jg

    James Sweet Guest

    Find a local machine shop and have them make you a socket, or do it yourself
    by filing down a short grade-8 bolt with a hand file or bench grinder. It'll
    cost you only a couple bucks.
     
    James Sweet, Apr 12, 2005
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  7. jg

    Gary Heston Guest

    Find a short piece of square bar stock that will fit it, and apply a
    Crescent wrench.

    Then borrow a car and go buy a conventional drain plug and replace it.


    Gary
     
    Gary Heston, Apr 12, 2005
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  8. jg

    jg Guest

    Thanks you all for the suggestions folks, I got a 5/16" worn lathe tool from
    a mate. But it was really hard from good local toolshops and a volvo dealer
    didn't want to know... they must expect the car to be scrapped after the 10
    years support quoted. Good advert for a new one. not.
     
    jg, Apr 12, 2005
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    Glenn Klein Guest

    Volvo does not make a tool for the drain plug on the V-6 Motors any good
    auto parts store should be able to supply you with the correct Allen key
    to remove the drain plug

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    long as I live,
    nor should any American.
     
    Glenn Klein, Apr 13, 2005
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  10. jg

    jg Guest

    I would have thought so and can believe there are better sops than here in
    western australia, but none of the local shops had anything. Repco told me
    there was a special volvo tool but they probably wouldn't sell one to me.
     
    jg, Apr 13, 2005
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  11. jg

    jg Guest

    Sure it's a pig of a motor & possibly the worst thing volvo ever did, but
    you choose 25 year old cars on different criteria. This is a fairly minor
    problemette specially when the whole thing cost less than a head job on a
    Camry. Other cars & motors have foibles too, this newsgoup is quite active
    with peoples' problems but the v6 is barely figures... you'd wonder if any
    volvo really is that flash based on some stories here.
     
    jg, Apr 13, 2005
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  12. jg

    Glenn Klein Guest

    If there is a special Volvo tool you can purchase from the dealers part
    department I will check this with the parts department on Thursday &
    post back with the part # & approximate cost
    Glenn

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    "*-344-*Never Forgotten"
    Is for the New York City Firemen who lost their lives on September 11,2001.
    The official count is 343, but there was also a volunteer who lost his life
    aiding in the initial rescue efforts. And I will never forget them as
    long as I live,
    nor should any American.
     
    Glenn Klein, Apr 13, 2005
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  13. Why not try a Renault or Peugeot dealer? They both used the same V6 motor.

    Cheers, Peter.
     
    Peter K L Milnes, Apr 14, 2005
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  14. Your frustration continues as I found this discontinued (no replacement)
    item:
    http://www.etoolcart.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=3840

    8 mm appears to be correct, according to the description at the bottom.
    Yahoo shopping indicates they were about $10 US for the set, but it finds no
    other hits on the part number... ditto Google. Kd-tools.com does not list it
    in their catalog. I suspect KD tools was a sole source and they have stopped
    production.

    Mike
     
    Michael Pardee, Apr 14, 2005
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  15. jg

    jg Guest

    Again thanks for your trouble Michael, Glen & etc. the lathe tool from my
    mate should work but haven't tried it yet. Meanwhile I might have set a
    record for longest thread for the smallest bit for a volvo?
     
    jg, Apr 14, 2005
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  16. jg

    jg Guest

    That's a really smart suggestion although pretty obvious didn't occur to me.
    That will be my next resort for sure if my lathe cutter doesn't work.
     
    jg, Apr 14, 2005
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    Mike F Guest

    You can get them off tool trucks. Around here there are Snap-On and MAC
    tool trucks, they probably won't have it on board, but they'd be able to
    get it. Or to the "quickie oil change place" method - Vice grips!

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Apr 14, 2005
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  18. jg

    jg Guest

    We have snapon too, you have to be somewhere they go (I work at home as a
    draftsman) & they don't seem to have an address in this state, they also
    don't seem to have much of a website. Vicegrips are one of my tools of
    choice but this is a female plug... double adaptor so to speak.
     
    jg, Apr 14, 2005
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    Mike F Guest

    I can't help you finding a truck, but for a mere A$ 30.47...
    http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item...5528&group_ID=259&store=australia&dir=catalog
    It looks like you can order it online.
    As I remember the V6 drain plug, there's about 3mm sticking out that you
    could get your vice grips onto. (I've seen them damaged this way at my
    friend's shop.) Then buy a proper plug, with a hex head. Over here the
    V6 as installed in the 200 series had a plug with 16 mm threads, the
    version in the 760 had 18 mm threads.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Apr 15, 2005
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  20. jg

    jg Guest

    Thank you Mike, it's even an Aus. website. Part of my trouble was the
    nomenclature (I wouldn't have called it a socket... or a pipe plug). I will
    see how the bit I have works first but might bite the bullet despite the
    price - my engineering substitutions usually don't go too well partly
    because the workshop is a bit too basic & now full of leftovers from
    daughters' attempts at leaving home.
     
    jg, Apr 15, 2005
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