Club Touareg Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,271 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I'm like the canary in the coalmine, or the guinea pig, or just an early adopter, but I needed a fix and the eco-plug did it for me. Thank goodness, here is one pic:



Trying to go back to a dealer, never mind that at least two different dealers had done the oil change at 10,000 and 20,000 miles, and that replacing the oil pan requires pulling the motor, thank goodness the oil pan is steel AND that VW made a nice big flat area around the hole for the magnet and the special washer to hold and seal perfectly.




The plug installed easily and pulled itself into place really nicely. I like that I can just take some vice grips and get the plug out when it is time for my next oil change. Once my wife has her free 10,000 mile oil change done by the dealer, I'll be getting another plug to replace hers as I can almost be sure that the next tech will probably screw up the drain bolt again.

I have changed oils in so many vehicles, probably dozens of times, and have never screwed up a drain bolt so how a tech could have screwed up my drain hole is beyond my comprehension. I am thankful for the eco-plug and he'll get another one sold one of these days. I'm now a pro at putting the front end of my T3 up on jack stands, using my cordless drill to get out the bolts holding up the front skidplate and getting to the drain bolt and getting it out and getting the next one in while the oil is pouring out, maybe 3-4 ounces anyway, no big deal.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
207 Posts
Looks very good.

There look to be two types of ecoplug, one for steel pans and one for aluminium.

It looks as if yours is the one for a steel pan, but I thought that the Treg pan was aluminium.

Can you advise?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,271 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
The T3 TDI is a steel pan, hence, the reason why the magnet sticks to the pan.

I have no idea what your 2004 TDI's oil pan is made of.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
207 Posts
The T3 TDI is a steel pan, hence, the reason why the magnet sticks to the pan.

I have no idea what your 2004 TDI's oil pan is made of.
Thanks for the quick reply Ben.

I just realised that I hadn't updated my car details. It's a 2012 V6 that I'm asking about.

I'd thought that the oil pan was aluminium because of the different arrangement of the drain plug being a recessed plug with an aluminium crush washer rather than the usual "bolt" type.

(Just noticed the site spell checker wanting to correct my spelling of aluminium :)).
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,219 Posts
fwiw the drain bolt itself is made of a soft metal and is a regular replacement item, I do 5k km OCIs and replace my drain bolt every 2nd oil change.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,271 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
When I put a magnet to the T3 TDI oil pan, it sticks as does the Ecoplug.

The Ecoplug has saved my bacon. Some of the best $23 I have ever spent on anything.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
848 Posts
That looks promising. Used to be in aircraft maintenance so I'm very cautious of things like this. How easy is it to lodge the plug loose?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,271 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
It takes a fair bit to get it out. They sell a big magnet and one has to wiggle it back and forth to get it to come out. It ain't falling out or getting hit by anything and just coming out like a refrigerator magnet holding up your report card.

Even with the vicegrips that I use, I have to wiggle 2-3 times before it comes out. Between the magnet and the ribs that are on the shaft, the thing is in there pretty good.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,271 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Got back from a 4,000 mile roundtrip and the Ecoplug did great. Just changed the oil and no more leaking. Just used Vicegrip to get it off and put it back in by hand.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top