Torque Specs - Oil Drain Plug and Filter

Torque Specs - Oil Drain Plug and Filter

This is a discussion on Torque Specs - Oil Drain Plug and Filter within the RAM 1500 Diesel Maintenance forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; Hi all, Anyone have the torque specs for the oil pan drain plug and the oil filter housing (in pounds) ?...

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    Torque Specs - Oil Drain Plug and Filter

    Hi all,

    Anyone have the torque specs for the oil pan drain plug and the oil filter housing (in pounds) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM530 View Post
    Hi all,

    Anyone have the torque specs for the oil pan drain plug and the oil filter housing (in pounds) ?
    From Amsoil Look Up:
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    Quote Originally Posted by SavagePatch View Post
    From Amsoil Look Up:
    Thank you!!


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    I'd be careful torqueing the drain plug to 33 ft lbs. I believe that there was a recent post from someone who stripped their drain plug trying to torque it to factory specs. I don't use a torque wrench, and doubt if many do. Just snug it up good and you are set to go.
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    I agree with roegs. 33 ft lbs. is pushing it with oiled threads.

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    Noted. Thank you all.


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    5 to 1 odds that they use lock-tight at the factory.
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    I have to respectfully disagree about not using a torque wrench, especially on a bolt like engine oil drain that gets relatively frequent use. Using a torque wrench is exactly how you keep from damaging the threads. People claiming their torque wrench caused damage may be using it wrong or not periodically calibrating it.


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    33 is what the book says , at my age , and number of bolts turned in my life , I think it approches dangerous
    zone at 33 Ft/lbs , over the decades you develop a feel for this , I own many torque wrenches , confess I don't always use them ,
    might get screamed at for this opinion , but , thumb on wratchet , and 2 fingers on the handle
    will do it for me , could be 1 finger for someone else , experiment for decades and you'll get it .
    ..
    of course bolts like : cylinder heads , moto clutch baskers , precision required / mandatory ...
    not so much on a drain plug , lug nut , my opinion only .
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    Quote Originally Posted by markcfoster View Post
    I have to respectfully disagree about not using a torque wrench, especially on a bolt like engine oil drain that gets relatively frequent use. Using a torque wrench is exactly how you keep from damaging the threads. People claiming their torque wrench caused damage may be using it wrong or not periodically calibrating it.


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    ...or possibly not storing it properly by releasing the tension.

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