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    Quote Originally Posted by djacinto View Post
    OK I will get that soon, gotta get a smaller 1/4 drive torque wrench to get the sparks torqued cause I realized my 1/2 drive socket wasn't a spark socket
    A torque wrench? Do you mean a spark plug socket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    A torque wrench? Do you mean a spark plug socket?
    no i already have one. my spark plug socket is a 16mm shallow long socket, but my torque wrench is a 1/2 drive and dont't have the right socket in that drive size. my spark plug socket is a 1/4 drive so I just decided to get another torque wrench since I'll be needing it for my other car as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by djacinto View Post
    no i already have one. my spark plug socket is a 16mm shallow long socket, but my torque wrench is a 1/2 drive and dont't have the right socket in that drive size. my spark plug socket is a 1/4 drive so I just decided to get another torque wrench since I'll be needing it for my other car as well
    Save your money, you don’t need a another torque wrench. You just need a good set of drive reducers, from 1/2” to 1/4”. I bought a good set of Snap of ones, when I worked at the service department. 1/2 to 1/4, 1/4, to 3/8. etc.

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    @djancinto

    Optimally, you need a 3/8" Drive Torque Wrench due to the relatively low torque spec on the 500 Spark Plugs which is 14 Ft Pounds.

    Most commonly available 1/2 inch drive torque wrenches can only get down to 20 Ft Pounds.

    Quite a few commonly available 1/4 drive torque wrench's (i.e. Harbor Freight) can't get down to the necessary 14 Ft Pounds either...

    Whatever size drive torque wrench you buy, check it's torque range specs first.
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    Both my, 1/2” torque wrenches, beam, and click. Read 0-150 Foot-Pound/0-20 Meter-Kilograms – Increments: 5 ft-lb/1 M-KG

    My beam torque wrench is over 40 years old.

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    What project is complete without at least one hiccup?

    On Monday, I tried to do a simple oil change. Took my 13mm socket up to the drain plug, made sure I was on lefty loosey, and turned at my heart's content. Nothing. "hmmm maybe its on tighten? nope. maybe I need more leverage? nope. Absolutely ruined my 13mm socket. Little did I know, but the might of Hercules was behind this bolt. I went to lowes to get some wrenches and did the two wrench leverage trick and tried knocking it hard with a mallet. nothing... not even a budge.

    So I turned to my mechanic friend to which he said: are you sure youre going left? he says he can come this friday and I wait patiently for this plug to get what it deserves. Today rolls around and so does my buddy and we get to cracking

    "man you weren't lying"

    We. could. not. remove. the plug!! We stopped as we did not want to strip it further, so my friend suggested to just try and get it running. I tell my buddy to torque up the new spark plugs while I grab some more distilled water as all the water i put in previously had evaporated and when i returned, bam. broken ignition coil

    To his defense, he had just gotten off work and he was probably tired as hell, and he apologized profusely, and even sent me money to order a new coil but alas, Tony the sport fiat remains in hibernation

    I'm so sorry I do not have better news, we weren't even able to title the car yet becuase the lines are insanely long right now. I have an appointment the 18th with the state but over this next week I am going to just try and wait in line at a local place that also does titling in the mean time

    So sorry again, but hopefully by next week I will have better news. thanks again yall

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    Quote Originally Posted by djacinto View Post
    What project is complete without at least one hiccup?

    On Monday, I tried to do a simple oil change. Took my 13mm socket up to the drain plug, made sure I was on lefty loosey, and turned at my heart's content. Nothing. "hmmm maybe its on tighten? nope. maybe I need more leverage? nope. Absolutely ruined my 13mm socket. Little did I know, but the might of Hercules was behind this bolt. I went to lowes to get some wrenches and did the two wrench leverage trick and tried knocking it hard with a mallet. nothing... not even a budge.

    So I turned to my mechanic friend to which he said: are you sure youre going left? he says he can come this friday and I wait patiently for this plug to get what it deserves. Today rolls around and so does my buddy and we get to cracking

    "man you weren't lying"

    We. could. not. remove. the plug!! We stopped as we did not want to strip it further, so my friend suggested to just try and get it running. I tell my buddy to torque up the new spark plugs while I grab some more distilled water as all the water i put in previously had evaporated and when i returned, bam. broken ignition coil

    To his defense, he had just gotten off work and he was probably tired as hell, and he apologized profusely, and even sent me money to order a new coil but alas, Tony the sport fiat remains in hibernation

    I'm so sorry I do not have better news, we weren't even able to title the car yet becuase the lines are insanely long right now. I have an appointment the 18th with the state but over this next week I am going to just try and wait in line at a local place that also does titling in the mean time

    So sorry again, but hopefully by next week I will have better news. thanks again yall
    Sorry to hear. Things can't go too smoothly when it comes to cars sometimes. Below is an easy way to not have to deal with the drain plug at this time (or ever). Makes life a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Sorry to hear. Things can't go too smoothly when it comes to cars sometimes. Below is an easy way to not have to deal with the drain plug at this time (or ever). Makes life a lot easier.

    I appreciate the post, I think I saw that post a few years back where this was also discussed XD

    very true, I'm just glad I'm experiencing all that can be experienced, will help me as I grow as my own mechanic

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    It seems like every new car we own now. Has some kind of belly pan. I finally went up to Harbor Freight, bought a oil extractor like Chris mentioned. Forget Crawling under a car. No messy oil dripping from underneath. Burning your arms, after warming up the engine. Before draining it. You don’t have to transfer dirty oil, into a funnel into an old milk container. Just take the oil extractor jug up to the auto parts store to recycle the old oil.



    Advice to the Op, get yourself a long arm socket wrench, to remove stubborn oil pan bolts. You’ll have a lot more leverage. I bought this craftsman One years ago. I like the Flexible joint head.

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    ah that looks nice. well the damage is done, I am going to try and get a bolt extractor and impact it out. I bought a new plug (in hopes I can ever get this one out) and will possibly invest in the oil extractor you guys posted. Only thing is I am trying to keep extra tools to a minimum as I live in an apartment and do not want more random car parts littering my apartment than there already are

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