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2004 Oil Change - Stripped oil drain plug

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So I'm getting ready to perform my first oil change on my wife's Cayenne S (even went to the dealership today to purchase new seal rings to do the job right), removed the two underbody panels and BAZINGA! The first plug I try to remove is stripped! I guess the mechanics ive used since I bought this thing never bothered to replace it the last time I had the oil changed. I'm using a T50 but the bit starts to cut into the aluminum plug if I put too much pressure on it. Since its late on Saturday and I can't get a replacement until Monday, I've put this DIY on hold until I can get a new one.

In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions on removing this old plug? They are slightly recessed so getting a pair of pliers on them seems impossible.

FYI, this car has two drain plugs.

Thanks for the help.


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I had this happen before. What I did to get it out was get a Allen bolt wrench or socket that has a flat surface (not the ball end) in a size just larger then the torx that fits the drain plug then lightly tap it into the drain plug with a small hammer. You should be able to get it out this way. I use some good T-Handle Allen wrenches that allowed me to put some upward pressure on the bolt to keep it from slipping.

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