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Old 06-11-2019, 04:04 PM
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Can I replace the cheap plastic oil drain plug with a steel one?

I don't think I've ever changed the oil in Mrs. Lee's X1 without destroying the drain plug, since I like to dump the oil when the engine is piping hot. Of course, the hex wrench just twists in the groove and strips it. I don't have a spare one handy now and wanted to match it to a steel one. Anyone know the diameter and thread pitch or have a link for one I can order?
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I would recommend looking up the part your need in one of the online part databases...then shop using the correct 11 digit BMW part nbr. You can usually type "BMW xx xx x xxx xxx" (where x=the actual bmw part nbr) into a google search box and find lots of vendors selling that item or a comparable item like a steel or aluminum version of the plug.

If you're not familiar with any online sites...here's 3 of my favs...feel free to save/bookmark the sites for future reference. All 3 sites just require that you enter the last 7 digits of your VIN (the diagrams & part nbrs will be vehicle specific)...or select generically selecting based on the chassis/model/model year/engine/etc that you have:
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Yes, I have been buying car parts online since the beginning. But, because this car has a plastic oil pan and plastic drain plug, I'm wondering if it's safe to replace the OEM plug with a steel one. I don't know if the pan's female threads are plastic or steel or if that matters. All I know is that these plastic drain plugs are ridiculous.
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I've been changing the oil on my 2014 X1 sDrive using the hex wrench. I, also, change oil when it's real hot to get all potential sludge out. Are you sure you're using the right size hex (Metric & SE)? I never had a problem with mine. The size of the female threads may not match a standard steel one; besides, using a steel plug on a plastic pan is NOT a good idea.

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Old 06-12-2019, 05:58 PM
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Yes, definitely using the right size. And since the oil change kits come with a new drain plug, probably because BMW expects them to not last through an oil change, I even double check fitment on the new plug before I start.
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I don't think I've ever changed the oil in Mrs. Lee's X1 without destroying the drain plug, since I like to dump the oil when the engine is piping hot. Of course, the hex wrench just twists in the groove and strips it. I don't have a spare one handy now and wanted to match it to a steel one. Anyone know the diameter and thread pitch or have a link for one I can order?
Are you serious you have a plastic drain plug? I have never seen that in any car. Plastic washers yes but not drain plug
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:46 PM
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Are you serious you have a plastic drain plug? I have never seen that in any car. Plastic washers yes but not drain plug
Quite serious and they come with the oil change kits too. Changed it last weekend without issue, but it's still a ridiculous design. The whole damned car is made of plastic to squeeze every last bit of fuel economy out of the EU emissions standards.
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That is shocking. I bought a metal one online as a replacement incase the treads were wearing out but never thought they were being sold as replacement for plastic. (My original was also metal but in Canada maybe it is different or maybe the original owner swapped it out)
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:33 PM
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The x drive models have steel plug. The s28i models like mine have plastic plug. It seems stout enough. I bought a 10mm hex socket for perfect fit. It was tricky using a hex key.
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