How not to change your oil in your E39 (stripped drain plug)
I really screwed up my oil change today (car fell off ramps, filter broke at a seam, torqued down the filter cap too tightly, and broke the oil drain plug when I tried to torque it in).
This is my worst oil change in my life!
Obviously my almost-new torque wrench is not working right because I had it set for 18 ft lbs on the 36mm filter cap and 21 ft pounds on the 17mm drain plug and both were put on too tightly - such that the 17 mm oil drain plug broke in half.
Need to find where the missing half is; and I need to find a quick replacement oil drain plug (pictures later as the stores might close soon).
Last edited by bluebee; 05-27-2010 at 01:01 AM.
Reason: EDIT: Cleaned up my panic-stricken confusion!