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    Can't seem to find oil drain plug torque specs? Anyone know specifics other than "tight enough but not too tight"?
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    It is just BS that oil drain plug torque spec is Top Secret or unknown.


    For the record, I torqued to 27 lb/ft. My Abarth took 4.25 qts (hot) to get the oil level to the top of the dipstick.

    The built in rubber washer on the plug (stupid idea) will probably degrade/wear so I plan to replace the entire plug every 3 or so oil changes (or earlier if it visually looks degraded/damaged).
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    I'll check the service manual tonight. I was out last night.

    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    It is just BS that oil drain plug torque spec is Top Secret or unknown.


    For the record, I torqued to 27 lb/ft. My Abarth took 4.25 qts (hot) to get the oil level to the top of the dipstick.

    The built in rubber washer on the plug (stupid idea) will probably degrade/wear so I plan to replace the entire plug every 3 or so oil changes (or earlier if it visually looks degraded/damaged).

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    From the 2012 Abarth Service Manual
    Install the drain plug in the oil pan and tighten to 27 Nm (20 ft. lbs.).

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    Thanks. I over-tightened by 7lb ft. Probably not enough to damage things but I like to be precise when I am tightening things up. I always use a torque wrench but that does not help if the specs are not available. Someone should probably sticky this because 20 lb/ft is considerably less than the common 30-33 lb/ft.
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    Thanks for the info....a seemingly minor detail, but important. I had one oil change on my wife's car years ago at a store (rhymes with Wal-Mart) that over-tightened the plug so much that I couldn't get it off at home. Took it to the local independent mechanic, and they said they could loosen it and not be responsible if it ruined the oil pan or I could take it back and complain to the Wal Mart guys. Luckily they managed to change it out OK, but again, there is a reason to use the right torque!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    Thanks. I over-tightened by 7lb ft. Probably not enough to damage things but I like to be precise when I am tightening things up. I always use a torque wrench but that does not help if the specs are not available. Someone should probably sticky this because 20 lb/ft is considerably less than the common 30-33 lb/ft.
    For easy reference sticky seems a good idea, done.

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