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Dealer over-torqued oil plug and filter?
Doing my second oil change at 3k miles. First was done by the deal with the 600 mile check up. Here's what I found:
I go to remove the oil drain plug, and I have to stand and put all of my weight on it to get the plug to break. It finally breaks with a loud crack....weird, but whatever. Next up, I go to remove the oil filter by hand, nope. Two hands and rubber grip gloves, nope. Strap wrench, nope-strap breaks. At this point i'm like wtf. Go to auto zone and get a metal oil filter removal tool and it finally comes off. I'm still not THAT concerned at this point. I go to replace the crush washer on the plug, and nope. Washer is so crushed it wont come off the plug. The inner diameter is bit inward. Trying to get it off is only damaging the bolt further. Lastly, this oil is not 2500 old....not to me anyways. I've seen cleaner oil come out of my 92 ford ranger custom with 260k plus miles on it. I call it a night.
Anyone have some insight on this or is my suspicions of **** dealership work accurate? There may be some other variables at play....The bike was bought in Colorado at altitude and is now on the east cost near sea level. I've also run it at the track. Dunno if those alone are enough to make these things tighten up.
Second, Can you get the plug at a local auto parts store? I don't have a dealership near me, and I'm supposed to go to a track day in two days and getting stressed out about it now. Don't wanna be that guy who just throws the bolt back on, which I tried, and noticed the bolt is now way past the position it once was when tight as indicated by my safety wire tap hole.