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Special socket for oil plug?

Wanted to change the oil on my 99 Base today. I was under the impression that the oil drain plug was an 8mm hex. It looks to me like some sort of internal spline instead. Any suggestions?
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Wanted to change the oil on my 99 Base today. I was under the impression that the oil drain plug was an 8mm hex. It looks to me like some sort of internal spline instead. Any suggestions?
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The factory plug is an Allen socket, yours must be aftermarket.
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The factory plug is an Allen socket, yours must be aftermarket.
The more I look around, I think it might be a Torx plus. It bugs the ever living you-know-what out me to use specialty fasteners in an application such as this.

In my perfect world, all fasteners would be hex head, 12 pt, or Allen head. No Philips, no straight blade, and certainly no damned Torx (or any of its variants)!!

A guy can dream, can't he?
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Replace it with OEM or magnetic 8mm. Wait til you change the transmission oil.
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Replace it with OEM or magnetic 8mm. Wait til you change the transmission oil.
I have a new magnetic plug on hand. I just didn't want to strip the existing plug while taking it out.
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Stop now!

I'm sorry to sound so dramatic but if it's not too late, you might want to recheck your drain plug location.

If a Hazet 16mm tool fits the plug you are trying to remove...it is the transmission you are about to drain!

An oil drain plug requires either an 8mm or 5/16 hex tool. Normally SAE and Metric fasteners aren't interchangeable. This is the one time they are so close it really doesn't matter.

If it's too late and you already pulled the plug and you only got about four quarts, it was definitely the transmission plug.

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I'm sorry to sound so dramatic but if it's not too late, you might want to recheck your drain plug location.

If a Hazet 16mm tool fits the plug you are trying to remove...it is the transmission you are about to drain!

An oil drain plug requires either an 8mm or 5/16 hex tool. Normally SAE and Metric fasteners aren't interchangeable. This is the one time they are so close it really doesn't matter.

If it's too late and you already pulled the plug and you only got about four quarts, it was definitely the transmission plug.

It ended up being an aftermarket Torx Plus. I now have an LNE magnetic plug installed...which has the proper hex. I really hate specialty fasteners.
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I just did a complete service on my 2001 base and changed to the L & N magnetic also. The forums complained that they leak and have to be tightened again.

No leaks yet. Time will tell!
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I'll have to watch for that. When I installed it I was thinking that a copper washer would probably seal up better than the aluminum one.
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