I changed the oil on my kia rio for the first time and noticed that instead of a bolt there was a weird looking oil plug it looked like this one:
As you can see there’s a weird thing up there that keeps it from coming out and I didn’t know this and I ended up twisting it off (i was planning on replacing it with a normal bolt drain plug) so much that it came unattached from it. I used a magnet and can slightly get it out but then gripping it with pliers it just will not fit through the hole. I tried twisting it and pulling and it will not come out. I really don’t want to take off the oil pan I’m guessing it was put there in the first place because it’s stripped out anyways.
At this point I’m thinking about just leaving it in and putting the weird looking oil plug back on as I don’t see any other options, that being said I haven’t tried the bolt yet I’m just assuming it’s stripped but I will try that first. What I really need to know is if it’s okay to just leave that little metal piece in there or could that be disastrous?
Here’s a picture of the oil pan hole with the thing sticking out:
With pliers it will come out about another 1/4th of an inch but then seems to get stuck.