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      06-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #43
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Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NOVA

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Completed my change this weekend and it was very easy but I had a hell of a time getting the drain bolt out. There simply was not enough clearance between that bolt and my exhaust to fit my 14mm socket plus the wrench. The socket I have was just way too long. Ended up going to the hardware store and found a 14mm nut there that was about 2" long. I was able to insert that into the drain plug and put a 6 point box wrench on the other end and twist the plug off. Put the new one on as well, but obviously I couldn't torque to spec.

Apparently this is an issue for a lot of BMW owners and there are specialized stubby 14mm hex sockets for this application. I found one here and placed an order:

Just a heads up for you guys. You might want to order one of these beforehand and save yourself some trouble. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned having the same problem.

Last edited by RBB; 06-24-2013 at 01:43 PM.