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Best Answer Rocko973, 01 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

You don't need to torque a oil pan plug, just run it in till its snug and give it a little pull on the wrench. 

Yeah, your method falls right in line with a lot of people as I discovered when I did a search for the torque spec.  In fact, that's how I've always done it too for many years, and only one time I over-torqued it and it was on a Dodge Caravan many years ago.

 

One poster was vehemently against using the torque spec because the spec is for a dry plug, not a wet oily one as you get when you change the oil.  He said what you said, just snug it up, then a little pull.  But I still wanted to know what GM recommends...  Thanks!



 It's 18 lb ft

Cool... thanks, txab!  I appreciate it...

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#1 Rocko973

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:54 PM

Could someone kindly tell me what the torque spec is for the oil pan drain plug on a 2003 1500HD CC Silverado?  Is it 18 lb ft?  I know... I've read that a lot of people don't like following the torque spec on the plug because of its inaccuracy for a wet oily plug, and so they just go with their gut feeling for tightness/snugness, but I am just curious.  I at least just want to use it as a reference...

 

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:14 PM

You don't need to torque a oil pan plug, just run it in till its snug and give it a little pull on the wrench. 


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:15 PM

 It's 18 lb ft


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#4 Rocko973

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:26 PM   Best Answer

You don't need to torque a oil pan plug, just run it in till its snug and give it a little pull on the wrench. 

Yeah, your method falls right in line with a lot of people as I discovered when I did a search for the torque spec.  In fact, that's how I've always done it too for many years, and only one time I over-torqued it and it was on a Dodge Caravan many years ago.

 

One poster was vehemently against using the torque spec because the spec is for a dry plug, not a wet oily one as you get when you change the oil.  He said what you said, just snug it up, then a little pull.  But I still wanted to know what GM recommends...  Thanks!



 It's 18 lb ft

Cool... thanks, txab!  I appreciate it...



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

Here is some more info for your vehicle along with the drain plug torque spec.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:11 AM

Here is some more info for your vehicle along with the drain plug torque spec.

Very cool, thank you!  Does it matter if mine is a 6.0L?



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

Very cool, thank you!  Does it matter if mine is a 6.0L?

 

No, it is still the same.  If you want just click on your engine size over to the left and it will bring up everything for that application.


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