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Rear axle fill plug.....

Discussion in 'Drivetrain' started by TimFZ, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. TimFZ

    TimFZ
    Z Club Member

    I have had another attempt at the rear axle plug. No amount of heat, bars seems to shift it. In fact the plug is distorting, I don't mean "rounding off" the square, I mean the entire square is starting to twist.

    Tried stilsons on the exposed thread as well, still nothing.

    So I have run out of talent and tools to get it out and have to take it to the garage.

    Anyone know a good UK source of a new fill plug which I can supply with the car for them to do it?

    Cheers.
     
  2. Farmer42

    Farmer42
    Z Club Member

    I used a jack on a long breaker bar for mine. Jacked the car up, inserted the bar into the bung and put an axle stand under the end of the bar as low to the ground as you can get it. Then slowly let the jack down and used the weight of the car to move the bar it took a bit but finally moved.
     
  3. Turn & Burn

    Turn & Burn
    Z Club Member

    I’m pretty sure the plug is simply a 1/2bsp” plug that could be replaced with one from a engineering supplies / hardware store for pennies.
     
  4. TimFZ

    TimFZ
    Z Club Member

    After realising it wouldn't move, had some issues getting the rear link back on. The two rear bushes moved apart so could not get the end caps back on. Had a long sash clamp which brought it back to position plus upward thrust from a jack. All back together. Booked in at garage on 30th so new plug and oil at same time. Need it working for show season (hopefully)
     
  5. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
    Z Club Member

    There's nothing to insert into, the fill plug requires a female square socket, like the ones I did a group buy for last year. Yours may have been previously changed?
    Fill plug image:
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  6. TimFZ

    TimFZ
    Z Club Member

    This is what I have for fill. Opposite for drain.
     
  7. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
    Z Club Member

    Have you tried applying heat?
     
  8. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Yes he has. It will be interesting to see how the garage sort it.
     
  9. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
    Z Club Member

    So he has :oops:
    Must read properly!
     
  10. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    I may be cheaper to get a secondhand cover, or take the cover off and drill out the plug.
     
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  11. TimFZ

    TimFZ
    Z Club Member

    Will see what the garage do. I only applied a little heat, worried about it being so close to fuel tank. Could do with one of those induction heaters for studs.
     
  12. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    I remember reading in a magazine years ago, probably Practical Classics, and some one had recommended that if you were under the car infrequently, when you were down there, to make the effort to crack open the fill and drain plugs a quarter turn before re-tightening, on both box and diff.
     
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