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According to the Ford Parts site, a replacement "engine oil pan drain plug gasket", part # 6734, qty 1 per pkg, costs $12.13.

I can buy a large pizza for less than an oil plug gasket? Really? The plug itself, part # 6730, only runs $11.50. Wha-huh?

And of course I'm borderline obsessive about using the right parts . . . .
 

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The "right part", in this case, is anything that functions to stop leaking oil.
The "gasket" is actually just an O-ring, and It's re-usable for the life of the vehicle unless you damage it. That same plug and O-ring combination is used on many other Ford vehicles. My 2004 Ranger uses the exact same plug in it's 4.0L engine.

You could also just get rid of the plug and install a valve to replace it. I've had one in my Ranger for many years, and have now put one in my ST.
http://www.fumotousa.com
 

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Oh, I hear ya, reddog. Just marveling at the ridiculous nature of the Ford Parts site.

Question for ya regarding the Fumoto part--I understand the drain plug/valve needs an adapter to fit in the tight space, but have received information indicating Fumoto doesn't make said adapter, that one instead has to get the adapter from another maker. What's your experience?
 

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Thanks for the recommendation for a reputable outfit selling the Fumoto parts. Placed my order with 'em. Looking forward to never having to wrestle with a drain plug again!
 

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What is the plug bolt diameter? I figure if the gasket goes belly up I'll just start using crush washers. I'm guessing by the photos it is about 14mm. That would be nice as I have a whole bag of crush washers in that size.
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My bike uses 14mm also, so if the FiST's gasket ever does give out I have a little parts Interchangeability going for me. Thanks!
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You could also just get rid of the plug and install a valve to replace it. I've had one in my Ranger for many years, and have now put one in my ST.
http://www.fumotousa.com
Installed the Fumoto valve a bit over a month ago, with adapter, (both ordered through qwikvalve.com), no problems, and all is well. Thanks again for the tip re: the supplier.
 

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I just bought a Dimple magnetic plug to use. The magnet is crazy strong. I'm interested in seeing what it will pick up.
 
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