Should I use... ...on my new oil drain plug...?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by lucidlamp, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. lucidlamp

    lucidlamp Guest


    I've purchased a Oil Temperature gauge for my 1991 Volvo 240. It came
    complete with sender, which seems to work when i hook it up to an ohmmeter
    and apply a cigarette lighter flame to it, it changes resistance. The
    sender is an oil drain plug, which replaces the stock oil drain plug, with
    a wire that hooks up to the Oil Temperature gauge. Should I use anti-seize
    stuff on the threads of my new oil drain plug (sender), as it seems to be

    Thanks for consideration,
    lucidlamp, Oct 12, 2006
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  2. lucidlamp

    James Sweet Guest

    Generally no, I've never heard of an oil drain plug siezing.
    James Sweet, Oct 12, 2006
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  3. lucidlamp

    lucidlamp Guest

    Hi James,

    Thank you, I did'nt think so. I figured the metal of choice,
    copper/bronze, is more expensive than aluminum and other metals used
    throughout the engine, plus it has a good quality of conforming itself to
    the situation at hand (sealing itself), so to speak. Also I would think
    that metals using like alloys would attract (seize) easier than copper to
    aluminum, etc... Also the copper/bronze would have different oxidation
    characteristics... I guess the automotive engineers figured this out and
    made the oil drain plug fool proof.

    Thanks again James,
    lucidlamp, Oct 12, 2006
  4. lucidlamp

    James Sweet Guest

    Well it isn't quite fool proof, they can be stripped out or
    crossthreaded if you aren't careful, mostly in the clumsy hands of
    quickie-lube type places. Clean the threads of both the plug and the oil
    pan, screw it in straight and tighten it to the correct torque, I just
    use my "calibrated hand" for this but a torque wrench is really a wise idea.
    James Sweet, Oct 13, 2006
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