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    Best way to remove overtightened bolts

    I'm trying to get my oil drain plug out and the last guys who worked on it tightened so much I couldn't remove it even with a fitted wrench and a hammer.

    What's the best way to loosen this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meatwad View Post
    I'm trying to get my oil drain plug out and the last guys who worked on it tightened so much I couldn't remove it even with a fitted wrench and a hammer.

    What's the best way to loosen this?
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    I hate to say this, but a 6-pt. wrench and a hammer... Are you sure you're attempting to loosen it? The last thing you want is a stripped drain bolt, so be careful when removing it and be careful when replacing it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sd_gr View Post
    i hate to say this, but a 6-pt. Wrench and a hammer... Are you sure you're attempting to loosen it? The last thing you want is a stripped drain bolt, so be careful when removing it and be careful when replacing it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I hate to say this, but a 6-pt. wrench and a hammer... Are you sure you're attempting to loosen it? The last thing you want is a stripped drain bolt, so be careful when removing it and be careful when replacing it too.
    The drain plug on a WRX should loosen to the left, correct? Counterclockwise?

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    it does loosen counterclockwise. Be careful though, its easy to mix that up when your under the car at and weird angle to the bolt. I did the same thing, luckily i wasn't using accesive force, just couldn't get it off then realized i was going the wrong way.
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    just remember righty-tighty, lefty-loosey
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