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Old 10-25-2015, 01:00 PM
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Default Eco Plug, what do you think?, my drain plug leaks

I ordered one of these eco-plugs: http://www.ecoplugsystem.com/

The drain bolt in my steel oil pan, must have been overtightened by one of the morons that did my two free oil changes in my VW and now the drain plug leaks, even with a new OEM drain bolt and washer.

I had seen someone on the vehicle forum I frequent, that had used an eco-plug and said it worked for him but there is very little online about the plug other than the ads.

I have seen all the other options about drilling/tapping/helicoil and all the other inserts that could possibly be used, and while a new oil pan is under $150, from what I have heard, the engine needs to be pulled to get the old pan out and the new one in as there are all sorts of crossmembers/parts in the way of the pan in my vehicle.

What do you think of this eco-plug deal?
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I have seen drain plugs so tight I have to use a 1/2 ratchet to break them loose snug is tight some people get happy and tighten the chit out of them just like spin on oil filters 3/4 of a turn is all it takes to make a good seal.

You could drill it out and put a heli coil in it to fix it they probably F***** up the threads or warped the oil pan and now it won't seal.

That Eco plug looks pretty neat just wonder if it really works or not and your trusting a magnet to keep the oil in your oil pan but if it works why not.

What year is your car and what vw do you have
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Interesting. Report back with your review.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
I ordered one of these eco-plugs: http://www.ecoplugsystem.com/

The drain bolt in my steel oil pan, must have been overtightened by one of the morons that did my two free oil changes in my VW and now the drain plug leaks, even with a new OEM drain bolt and washer.

I had seen someone on the vehicle forum I frequent, that had used an eco-plug and said it worked for him but there is very little online about the plug other than the ads.

I have seen all the other options about drilling/tapping/helicoil and all the other inserts that could possibly be used, and while a new oil pan is under $150, from what I have heard, the engine needs to be pulled to get the old pan out and the new one in as there are all sorts of crossmembers/parts in the way of the pan in my vehicle.

What do you think of this eco-plug deal?
My wife's VW is a pain in the ass. You must use a new OEM plug with integrated crush washer. I had to take it back 3 times with a drip after an oil change before we figured out that only the VW plug stopped the drip. Her car was due this week so I installed a Fumoto valve to avoid this problem going forward. So far so good.

On the Eos and any other model with the 2.0 tsi engine, I think the pan can be easily dropped and replaced.

Seems like the shop that screwed it up should take care of it for you.
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I had tried to fit a Fumoto drain valve but there is a crossmember right in the way of the valve so it is a no-go on that.

I put the eco-plug in tonight and it is perfect. No more leak and an easy install.




I am an early adoper of this thing even though I did find a few other threads one on the Touareg website and another on a Honda/Acura with guys that have stripped out the aluminum threads in their oil pans. I'm going to order another plug for when my wifes Touareg so after VW changes the oil for free for the first one, I'll put it in when I do the second oil change. 10,000 mile oil changes are nice.

The oil pan has to be both steel and have a flat area around the hole so the magnet and plug can have the entire area it needs around the hole to hold/seal well.



I am so glad I don't have to deal with a possible helicoil, timesert or, heaven forbid, an oil pan change.


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When I service my buddies vw tdi or my dads gf vw tdi I have been using liqui moly oil it's good oil made in Germany I buy it at Napa or you can buy it online.I also buy the Mann oil filter at Napa that's who makes it for vw it says it right on the box.
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Originally Posted by suzuki140 View Post
When I service my buddies vw tdi or my dads gf vw tdi I have been using liqui moly oil it's good oil made in Germany I buy it at Napa or you can buy it online.I also buy the Mann oil filter at Napa that's who makes it for vw it says it right on the box.
Funny, I get my oil change kit from IDParts and one of the options for the kit is Liqui Moly 4200 as my TDI requires the VW 507 spec, and Mann filters come with the kit, nice!

My truck calls for a 10,000 mile OCI.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
Funny, I get my oil change kit from IDParts and one of the options for the kit is Liqui Moly 4200 as my TDI requires the VW 507 spec, and Mann filters come with the kit, nice!

My truck calls for a 10,000 mile OCI.
It's good chit meets Mercedes's and vw spec if your in a bind and need it asap Napa normally stocks it and the Mann fuel filter.

I know the tdi says 10k mile oil changes I do them at 5k miles and fuel filter at 10k miles
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Originally Posted by suzuki140 View Post
It's good chit meets Mercedes's and vw spec if your in a bind and need it asap Napa normally stocks it and the Mann fuel filter.
It is hard to find the VW spec as I've looked at most every place around me, Pep Boys, Advanced Auto, Auto Zone and Wal Mart and haven't seen it. Unfortunately there is no longer a NAPA close by me anymore. The good thing is that IDParts.com is here in MA so I get stuff in like 1 or 2 days.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
It is hard to find the VW spec as I've looked at most every place around me, Pep Boys, Advanced Auto, Auto Zone and Wal Mart and haven't seen it. Unfortunately there is no longer a NAPA close by me anymore. The good thing is that IDParts.com is here in MA so I get stuff in like 1 or 2 days.
I know nobody around me has the oil for the vw tdi by me unless you go to the dealer or to Napa for the liqui Molly.

Most of the parts jockeys at the parts places don't know there AH from a hole in the ground and will sell you whatever and say yeah this will work.
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I know, old thread. Anybody else use an Eco-plug? I have a Honda with a stripped aluminum pan and was considering this as an option. I search online for ecoplug reviews and this was the first thread that came up.
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I know, old thread. Anybody else use an Eco-plug? I have a Honda with a stripped aluminum pan and was considering this as an option. I search online for ecoplug reviews and this was the first thread that came up.
They work used one in a vehicle that had a stripped drain plug
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Originally Posted by 30Concept View Post
I know, old thread. Anybody else use an Eco-plug? I have a Honda with a stripped aluminum pan and was considering this as an option. I search online for ecoplug reviews and this was the first thread that came up.
It has been working well. Going on 3 years now with the plug in and no problems at all with any leaks and using it. I just take an automatic adjusting pair of vicegrips I bought just for the Eco Plug, (and it happens to be useful for lots of other jobs) and yank the plug out every time I need to change the oil.

It has been a very worthwhile invention.
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I've installed one of these on each of my last 4 vehicles. It works great if you have room for it.
I can change my oil without any tools.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
It has been working well. Going on 3 years now with the plug in and no problems at all with any leaks and using it. I just take an automatic adjusting pair of vicegrips I bought just for the Eco Plug, (and it happens to be useful for lots of other jobs) and yank the plug out every time I need to change the oil.

It has been a very worthwhile invention.

Thanks! I just afraid that if it doesn't tap right, there's no turning back. Right now the OEM plug stays in, just annoys me to see oil on my driveway.
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Thanks! I just afraid that if it doesn't tap right, there's no turning back. Right now the OEM plug stays in, just annoys me to see oil on my driveway.
At least the plug I got, has no tap. There is a magnet for the round base, then there is a shaft that is surrounded by rubber and fins and the rubber part just shoves right up into the drain hole while the magnet base keeps it in place.

There is nothing to tap unless you are getting something else that they offer.

I had checked out ALL the other band aid solutions and the EcoPlug was the best one by far. No leaks at all and it comes out pretty easily with the vice grips. If there was not a crossmember in the way I'd have gotten their magnetized removal tool to make it even easier to remove.
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Originally Posted by me00351 View Post

I've installed one of these on each of my last 4 vehicles. It works great if you have room for it.
I can change my oil without any tools.
If there were not a crossmember in the way, I'd have one of those installed on my trucks.

Someone had made a custom solution for my truck but the extension piece they have made is upwards of just under $100.
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
At least the plug I got, has no tap. There is a magnet for the round base, then there is a shaft that is surrounded by rubber and fins and the rubber part just shoves right up into the drain hole while the magnet base keeps it in place.

There is nothing to tap unless you are getting something else that they offer.

I had checked out ALL the other band aid solutions and the EcoPlug was the best one by far. No leaks at all and it comes out pretty easily with the vice grips. If there was not a crossmember in the way I'd have gotten their magnetized removal tool to make it even easier to remove.

OK, you must have a steel oil pan. The aluminum plug has to tap new threads.
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Yes, I have a steel oil pan and just used the magnetic plug and not the tapered one that then uses an AL insert.
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Was definitely skeptical and did my research before trying one of these. The guy on the phone informed me that these magnets are able to withstand double the temperature of what motor oil usually is on average. Also claimed how strong the magnet was. After becoming desperate with no other options, I gave it a try and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Tried ripping the magnet off to test its power and there’s nothing that is taking that thing off. Now it takes two seconds to pop the thing on and off when I have to change the oil. No more dealing with crummy threads that are constantly being stripped. Thing was a savior for me. Let me know what you guys think or if you have any questions

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