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Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Cannot remove fuel tank drain plug

Since the fuel in my tank is down to well below 1/4 we thought it would be a good time to drain the tank to drain out the crud and and water accumulation.
The plug is a 3/8 allen type 6 sided plug,. we tried to get it loose with an allen wrench and then with an allen wrench socket on a long handle ratchet and then we had an impact wrench hammer away at it all to no avail.
It appears there is some sort of sealant on the threads, we have been spraying PB Blaster on it, so far no results
Anyone got any ideaS how to get that plug outa THERE
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Some time you need to tighten it first before you can remove it. It breaks the "sticktion" of the threads.
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Some time you need to tighten it first before you can remove it. It breaks the "sticktion" of the threads.
Thought about that but did not try it,
what can that white stuff on the thread possibly be?
Is it possible a drain plug would have reversed threads?
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Thought about that but did not try it,
what can that white stuff on the thread possibly be?
Is it possible a drain plug would have reversed threads?
I doubt that it has reverse threads. The white stuff may be loctite thread sealant. You would have to look up which one is the white. /They have diff colors for diff uses.
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I doubt that it has reverse threads. The white stuff may be loctite thread sealant. You would have to look up which one is the white. /They have diff colors for diff uses.
I called locktite and they said the only way to remove that plug is to heat it up, that will soften the sealer and since it is a gas tank the safest way is with a heat gun.
I have a heat gun but...??????? I dunno
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Hair drier....
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Do it out doors. Gas will only burn in a narrow air/fuel range. If you had a burning match in your gas tank it would go out because of lack of air (oxygen). getting the gasoline hot will not cause it to explode unless you get it very hot and with air. The heat gun should only heat it to about 150-200F max. And your gas tank should be a sealed type with no external vents.
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Ya. heat gun... .
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Heat from a heat gun and a longer pull bar (pipe cheater)
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