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      08-21-2010, 04:14 PM   #147
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Originally Posted by Richbot View Post
Allen keys are terrible, which is why BMW uses torx everywhere, but a copper-gasketed steel plug in an aluminum oil pan is going to bind up no matter what you torque it to, correct or not.
Good point; that's why it's important not to overtorque those bolts. I've always done that by hand with zero problems, and probably end up putting a lot less torque than specified. Dealer put mine pretty tight from the 1.2K service, but I assume was done to spec. And remember to always loosen the bolts by hitting the ratchet with your palm; it's a lot easier to strip bolts with steady force than a quick jolt. Works like a charm .