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Haldex oil change cockup!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by vfr800, May 17, 2012.

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    [May 17, 2012]
    Hi

    I put the car on ramps and changed the haldex filter and oil, the job was pretty easy, didn't lose much oil when I put the new plug and washer on.

    Torqued it up to 15nm as per the manual.
    Cleaned the area afterwards to look for leaks and noticed this :sob: :banghead: :shrug: :wtf:

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    New washer time?

    Has this happened to anyone before?

    Should I drop the oil and put in a known amount again seeing as I'll lose a bit more if I change the washer?

    Help?
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    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition Staff Member Moderator

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    [May 17, 2012]
    I know there is supposed to be a torque applied to most things but common sense should prevail here realistically... last haldex plug that got torqued up I know of resulted in stripped threads...

    The torque arguably applies when its all new and shiny but once over a certain age and of course after its been off a few times then tbh torquing the plug up is less appealing... you get a better feel doing it by hand tbh...

    Doesn't look like its leaking yet

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    [May 17, 2012]
    Thanks. Now I know! :)

    I went for a bit of a drive on a short loop and it's weeping slightly.

    It's a shame the GSF I'm in walking distance of doesn't sell the sump plug or washer :(

    Liam
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    [May 18, 2012]
    Why not get a suitable penny copper washer and change it ? Halfords do a wide selection and i'm sure you an get a decent selection from a plumbase or good plumber supplier ! As per above post, i trust my hand more than i trust a calibrated torque wrench !
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