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    Default Oil drain plug torque values?

    I have done a couple of searches, but have found some inconsistent results.
    Can someone either direct me to or tell me the correct torque specs for the 2 drain bolts on an F3? Thanks.
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    I just snug them after hearing about stripped threads and broken plugs. Here is a thread about it:https://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/...in+plug+torque
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    Tight enough that it doesn't fall out has always worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highwayman2013 View Post
    I just snug them after hearing about stripped threads and broken plugs. Here is a thread about it:https://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/...in+plug+torque
    That’s a good reason to have the correct torque specs.
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    Do not torque them. Just a little snug and your good. To many dealer techs have stripped out threads or snapped bolts off using the correct torque. I was and auto tech and never ever torqued a drain plug. Between cars and bikes I have done 100's of oil changes and not one bolt has ever come loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP58 View Post
    Do not torque them. Just a little snug and your good. To many dealer techs have stripped out threads or snapped bolts off using the correct torque. I was and auto tech and never ever torqued a drain plug. Between cars and bikes I have done 100's of oil changes and not one bolt has ever come loose.
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    If you are a cheese maker then get the torque values and a real good driver, if not snug up tight and have no issue.
    The lefty loosey and righty tighty brigade usually has to over think what is next alot of times.������

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    If you do use the torque spec and a quality torque wrench, realize that book torque spec may be for clean dry threads. If there is any oilin the threads, you will overtorque the drain plug.

    Tighten with care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petegtsv10 View Post
    That’s a good reason to have the correct torque specs.
    Many have broken the plugs with a torque wrench and the proper torque.
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    I never torque drain plugs. It's the best way to destroy them. Snug with a short handled 3/8" ratchet is plenty. They will actually get tighter with the heat cycles. I know there are plenty who will disagree with me. And that's fine. Just my 2 cents worth.
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    You asked for the plug torque specs. These are from pg 127 of the 2019 F3 operator's guide; use them as you see fit.
    F3 Oil Plug Torque Specs.JPG
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    Default Here's my way....

    Have always found that if you hand tighten then give a 1/4 turn with the wrench or socket you will have no problem. Torque wrenches tend to be like prybars as they are longer for the higher torque spec making it easy to over do it. Remember some oil plugs are steel on steel some are steel on aluminum...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chupaca View Post
    Have always found that if you hand tighten then give a 1/4 turn with the wrench or socket you will have no problem. Torque wrenches tend to be like prybars as they are longer for the higher torque spec making it easy to over do it. Remember some oil plugs are steel on steel some are steel on aluminum...
    Exactly! If you're going to use a torque wrench for a steel on aluminum drain plug (or any other steel on aluminum fitting). Be sure your wrench is in spec. And be sure to use it correctly. You need a slow, steady, even pull holding the center of the handle. Remembering that most torque wrenches are not as accurate at the lower and upper range limits. If you must use a torque wrench, I would recommend using the lower torque spec.
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    My advice? First finger tighten, then give 1/4 turn with a wrench. I have never had a leak doing it this way.
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