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09 Cayenne S oil Drain Plug Torx Stripped

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Does anyone have experience on how to remove a stripped drain plug?  The T50 torx head is stripped not the treads.  I assume drill and screw extractor is the way but I thought I would ask.  I knew the torx head wasn't in good shape and should have changed it last time.  Advice to all the aluminum strips easily!

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In the 986 Boxster they have the same plug for oil drain as well as manual transmission (different heads but same length and size of  threads).  I stripped the tranny plug.  I used a screw extractor to remove it without a problem. 


As Davet18 says, aluminum strips easy.  When you tighten the plug , don't tighten beyond 19 ft/lbs as stripped bolt heads are much easier to deal with than a stripped oil pan, which would be a real nightmare. 


I would also recommend replacing the drain plug with the correct sized aluminum hard-anodized magnetic drain plug by LN Engineering.  Current cost is less than $30.









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  • 3 weeks later...

I removed the drain plug easily by tapping a triple square into the torx recess. No drilling.  Since the aluminum is so soft a little gently tapping and the triple square sets itself securely.  Not the best use of a triple square bit but it worked.

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