Oil cooler drain valve

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    I really dislike the oil cooler drain setup. I don't mind the extra drain but I hate that it's just a drilled and tapped aluminum block. I'm very careful when I remove and I always torque to 20 lb-ft using a wrench to hold the block but I can't see this lasting 100K before the threads get boogered and I have to replace the cooler.

    I went to put on the EZ Drain I bought a year ago. I had to disconnect one of the oil lines to get it threaded on (not enough clearance).

    There was only one way I could get it to work but it was touching the other oil line (no go as the lines are aluminum and would wear through quickly). If the threads were cut differently it may have worked but no matter how many times I tried rethreading I went from bad to worse. If it landed in a different spot it would have worked.

    Oh well.... Back to the way FCA intended and I'll be very careful as I always am..

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    That sucks I was hoping that would work , was thinking of trying it my self.
    Is there any way you could get a bushing or some kind of elbow made up to extend it pass the line where the ezee drain might work then. ??
    Maybe a machine shop could make up something that would work??
     
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    Yeah, I'm never removing that plug ever. Seems like too much work for 8-10 oz of oil. We all change our oil early anyway so I don't think it makes much difference.
     
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    I'm not draining mine either. The few ounces of oil isn't worth the hassle of taking the 25 cover bolts off and more importantly the chance of breaking the oil line.

    Really a dumb engineering mistake not to put an access panel there and make the drain plug better supported. My Shelby had an oil cooler but no drain valve. I guess Ford thought the same way
     
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    My viper truck didn't either
     
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    As long as the base is supported and the drain plug is torqued to spec, it will last forever. My last car had an aluminum oil pan and the equivalent of 250,000 miles on the original threads. That's why they specify the torque.
     
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    I think that FCA moniters this site and others as well. I am quite sure that there has been information like this posted that they have used. Win win for us. Kuddos to FCA for even having someone on the forum. Makes a lot of sense if you think about it. FCA brand accross the board are benefiting from this. FCA is making better,more efficient and trendsetting the muscle car. That's doesn't happen if they are true to their marketing campaign with the dodge brothers.
    We all are benefiting and the challengers and chargers are engineerin marvels. The new jeeps, the new Rams, new Chryslers The technology In these cars is incredible. The top trim packages on all brands regarding interior is something special. Leather is much nicer and the design of the whole dash, instrument panels are truly beautiful.
    We drive the best dodge has snd nothing can touch it
     
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    I am all confused on this one.... Could I get a zoomed out pic so I can tell where on the car you are working on? I will admit I have not looked under the car yet due to me not having access to it right now.
     
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    I hope you are right. I'm careful and do as you say (support the base and torque properly) but I find the threads to be very pourly cut. The I have to wrench the bolt out (can't spin once loose) and in. It's not cross threaded but I still see an aluminum chip or two each time. To me it's nothing like an aluminum oil pan (on this car or others).

    It is what it is. Do the my best to be careful and if necessary someday I'll replace it with a new OE piece.
     
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    Oil cooler drain. Front right corner of car right where the oil cooler sits. Car is back on road so can't get you a picture.... Belly pan is on and car is on the ground. If you look in the WIKI section there is an oil change document with pictures and it shows right where the drain is.
     
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    I have a buddy that is a machinist. If I ask him I'm sure he could make something for me. The big issue with an elbow is there isn't a lot of room there. You have the lines, stuff above, the pan below all in very tight quarters. I'm sure something could be done but probably not a simple elbow...
     
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    yes, the threads are poorly cut but it should get easier every time.
     
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    I just looked it up. Thanks!
     
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    I thought same..

    First oil change they were a bear, second and third much better. Last one was like the first. This is why I have no confidence. Like I said, I'm very careful and *if* there is a problem I'll deal with it and replace the cooler (that doesn't look like fun) BUT there are so many ways this could have been better engineered without adding any additional cost.

    Don't get me wrong... I love my Hellcat, it's an AWESOME car and there is nothing I'd rather be driving but I call them like I see them good or bad!
     
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    mine spins easily after breaking it loose.......no problem here....
     

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