Oil change

ford
f150

#1

Was removing oil drain plug and it was an aftermarket version with the mollybolt or spreader clip that extended when pushed inside of the oil pan. I had never seen one before so I kept turning the plug until the “wing” on the inside snapped off. I didn’t realize it wasn’t supposed to come all the way out. Question is whether I can leave the wing in the oil pan and just put another plug in the pan. I was told by a local garage that the “wing” would stay in the pan and not hurt anything since there was a filter with a screen on it that would prohibit anything like that from being pulled into the motor. To have the pan dropped and item removed would run $450. Is it OK to leave this “wing” in the oil pan? Thanks. Vehicle is '02 F-150 2wd.


#2

I wouldn’t worry about it. It’ll just sit in the bottom of the oil pan without doing any harm. And since the oil pump has a screen on the pick-up, it can’t be injested into the engine.

Tester


#3

Thank you for your input. I was seeking additional opinions as a safeguard before I proceeded.


#4

I agree with Tester. It’s safe where it is.

Apparently someone sometime in the trck’s history stripped the bung hole threads and plugged it with a expandable plug. You may want to tap the hole oversize and put in a threaded plug to prevent problems in the future. Threaded plugs are more secure than expandable rubber plugs.


#5

Thank you. That seems to be the general response I’m getting and it make me feel safe about proceeding. I did get a treaded plug and it does not seem to be leaking.