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    oil plug gasket

    or whatever you want to call it. the washer on the drain plug. how often do you have to change them? this is the 3rd time I have changed the oil but this time it is leaking. not bad but little drips. never did that before. I dont want to tighten it more cuz I dont want to strip the threads.
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    By the book, every time you change the oil. In reality you can re-use them for a long while provided they are not over-torqued.

    You can use your thumb to keep most of the oil in the sump as you have a friend wipe off the drain plug, switch crush washers, and hand it back to you. You can do all this solo too if you're quick and good at planning ahead.
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    what if I dont have friends or thumbs?
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    That's a tough question. I certainly don't have any friends, but I do have thumbs so I've not run into too many problems the couple times I've had to replace drain plugs but keep as much oil as possible. If worse comes to worse change the oil again I suppose.
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    go to the local oil change and buy a hanful. i work at valvoline instant change and we change every oil change, i have yet to see a return customer leak oil
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    thats sad about the friends. I was joking.

    ill just let it drip. I got a pan under it. ill be changing it again in a month anyway. I know check levels often.
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    i just went to the dealership today to get my filter and oil plug seal. its a cheap little ring, i change my own oil so i really dont care its like $0.50 its just worth getting a new one each time u change oil. i mean u realy want all that new fresh oil drippin out.

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    Buy your filters from a dealer. They're almost the same price as an autoparts store and each one comes with the crush ring taped to the box.

    By the book your supposed to change the ring each oil change.

    Drip-pan under the car?!? That's just wrong on some level...
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    i say ohh well if it keeps my car from leaking oil il do it.

    P.S. just got done changing oil and rear diff oil. (my baby is good for another 3k.)

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