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Hello,

Gonna be changing the oil my self since the dealer wants $100. I used to do this in my older car, but I can't remember one thing. What is the rule of thumb on tightening that drain bolt on the bottom. If I remember correctly:
1) Screw it in with your hand
2) Use a ranch with basic force until it begin to tightening up
3) Final tight up - 1/2 of a turn, or 1/4 of a turn?

I think it was 1/4, don't wanna ruin the thread.
Anyone knows? The manual says 18lbf/ft (2.4kgf*m) so that's 1/4 of a turn or 3/4 of a turn? :)

Might be a stupid question but thought i'd ask...
 

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Sounds like you better use a torque wrench or a honda dealer,
or your next thread will be 'snapped drain bolt'

*btw that old rule of thumb was for spin on oil filters NOT drain plugs.
 

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There is -
finger tight, snug, tight, m*****f*****g tight.
You want tight.
You can drill and safety wire
OR
spray with contact cleaner, then a dab of hi-temp silicone across the bolt and casing.
 

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I gotta side with Aufitt on this one.
Nothing beats a good accurate torque wrench.
 

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I gotta side with Aufitt on this one.
Nothing beats a good accurate torque wrench.
I agree, but after many years you reach the point that something like a drain bolt is dialed into your wrist and elbow.
A torque wrench is always best, but I was just trying to help out as it seems our friend doesn't have one.
 
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