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Old 03-25-2016, 06:10 PM
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Transmission fluid fill nut damaged/ stripped

After drained the transmission fluid and when I was ready to fill found out the nut is stripped and won't even take the 17mm wrench anymore. The vehicle is on ramp and stuck. Anyone have experienced similar situation and what would be the way out?
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:32 PM
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A big extractor would work. It already has the hole for you! Vice grips around the edge could work too. Buy a big torx and hammer it in there. Weld a bolt to the bolt. Many ways to skin a cat.

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Old 03-25-2016, 07:00 PM
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Thank you rooflessvw
I'll try the vice grip first
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:07 PM
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Good luck man! The easiest way to remove a stuck bolt is with patience. When you start to get mad, go watch a cartoon and drink a beer.

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Old 03-25-2016, 10:05 PM
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The easiest way to remove a stuck bolt is with patience. When you start to get mad, go watch a cartoon and drink a beer.

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I'm going to generalize this statement and have it tatooed to the inside of my eyelids.

Hmm... I should probably be patient and think that one through a little more.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:08 AM
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You can buy a 12 pt gripping socket at Lowes to go over a stripped bolt. They should work well with a larger bolt head like the trans fill.

Worst case you can get it started with a chisel and hammer, too. Buy new bolt of course . Pay for it with a charge card and eat lunch in the BMW waiting lounge

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Old 03-26-2016, 03:33 AM
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Is yours a hex head or allen head?

Mine was/is allen.

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Old 03-26-2016, 03:41 AM
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Hex head on both drain and fill on my feb 2006 build E83 M54 automatic transmission

The location was different than some of the threads led me to believe, too.


Both diff drain plugs were Allen heads plugs

Transfer case was hex head bolts.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:45 PM
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Vice grip + elbow grease
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:46 PM
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As for stripped Allen wrench drain plug. Jb weld Allen socket and new plug
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:47 PM
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After taking several "breaks" and hand from a friend, the trick was tap on the case and brake loose the nut. Since the hex nut was already rounded, vice gripped on washer

Thank you all for your inputs
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:38 PM
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