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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 04-11-2016, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Default Oil change: replace washer on drain plug?

The service manual says to "reinstall drain plug with a new seal."

Does that mean the copper washer on the drain plug should be replaced each time that plug is pulled?

My dealers tech says they have never replaced one. (Fairly new shop)

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I talk about replacing the crush washer in my video here.

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yeah so they say...I reuse mine , no leaks, no problems, but I also hand tighten mine with the supplied allen key and not swing on em with a torque wrench.
up to you , they're only cheap, and how many changes are you gonna average a year

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Been reusing the washer, so far no drips....

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I reuse the washer but reverse it [Turn it over]...but if i have any doubts about it i will use a new one their cheep enough... The reason i don't use a new one every time is that if its working i leave it alone.. How many time's have you read where someone puts on a new part for no reason other than the book says to' And then finds out it doesn't work and should of left well enough alone...
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have new ones laying around but am still using the original.
almost 20000 miles and 3000 mile changes. the one on
my vtx was original at 32000 miles. no drips ever.

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They say to use a new one to protect their own ass when they do the work.

I'm still using the original one.

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It is a CRUSH WASHER, and not a sealing washer. It is there to work similar to a lock washer. Holding tension through compression. Allowing the drain plug to be tightened to the proper torque WITHOUT STRIPPING THE CASE. Not replacing it is a very bad idea. Advising others to share in your bad idea; is just stupid.
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