So I was changing my oil after work the other day, and as I was tightening the drain plug with the preset 12 ft-lb torque wrench we use for drain plugs on our customers' cars, I felt the resistance in the bolt going down, even though the wrench hadn't clicked yet. I stopped tightening the bolt thinking, "Oh, crap! I just stripped the drain!" I couldn't think of how it would've happened when I hadn't even approached 12 ft-lbs, especially since the service manual's recommended torque is 15. But I figured that at least I had the bolt on and sealed, so I'd just start saving money to fix the threads or replace the drain pan or whatever when time came for the next oil change.
Well, later on I found that oil was dripping ever so slowly out of the drain. I figured I'd try tightening the bolt to see if that would fix the leak or if it would finish the damage to the drain. As it turns out, the threads in the drain were not stripped at all; this is what happened:
After getting a new drain plug from Polaris of Portland, I managed to work the other portion of the bolt out of the drain with an allen socket bit and my fingertips, then quickly plug up the hole with my finger and put the new bolt in. It was quite a relief to know the drain wasn't stripped, albeit a rather irritating ordeal, regardless.
Anybody else ever break a drain plug with that little torque? These bikes seem to otherwise be pretty much bullet-proof. I suppose it's better to have a breakage-prone drain plug than one that'll certainly strip out the drain threads if you're a bit overzealous with your wrench, but still... that was just a bit frustrating. Especially the part where I took the bus to work. Trimet kinda blows...