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

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

  1. lucidlamp

    lucidlamp Guest

    Hello

    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
    copper/brass?

    Thanks for consideration,
    Mehmet
     
    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,
    Mehmet
     
    lucidlamp, Oct 12, 2006
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  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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