Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby gavio [OP] » July 22nd 2020, 4:19am

I can find about a jillion posts on here saying "install a drain plug when you have the tranny pan off", which sounds great and I'm all in favor, but can't find any references to which brand of drain plug kit works without leaking.....

This will be a no-weld situation, and looking at the reviews, it seems like most brands have substantial complaints about them leaking, including Dorman.... What gives? Is there a brand that has good odds of not leaking?

There's nothing wrong with my pan, so I'd just as soon not have to replace it, but I do want that drain....

Any thoughts?
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby MechBob » July 22nd 2020, 1:09pm

Never used one that I did not weld in, but if I was, I would jut use the Dorman one.
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby Bossman » July 22nd 2020, 6:43pm

I use a Dorman 265-811 Transmission Oil Pan. Amazon $40.99.
2 years on my 05 and has never leaked. I have pulled the plug 3 times and always seals tight.
No welding in an aftermarket plug. Worth the $$ IMO
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby Leeann_93 » July 22nd 2020, 10:11pm

I've used both the B&M drain plug kit and the Superior automatic transmission drain plug kit and neither has ever leaked.

Superior:
https://www.oregonperformancetransmissi ... -K032.html

B&M:
https://www.amazon.com/80250-Automatic- ... B00029WR78

We use Loctite to hold the inside and outside piece together, then thread sealant on the actual drain plug (same stuff to use on the transfer case drain plug and fill and the differential drain plug (front diff on an AWD) and both fill plugs.


Or you can buy a Dorman pan with drain plug installed already:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002U6ELS4/re ... automotive
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby gavio [OP] » July 22nd 2020, 11:36pm

Thank you for the responses, I appreciate the insight....

I have the Dorman pan in my back pocket as a plan B, I suppose, but it kinda rankles me to replace a perfectly good pan.... I'm glad to know some of the drain kits don't leak, or at least have the potential to not leak....

Leann, did you use the sealing washers that came with those B&M and Superior kits, or did you replace them with copper washers or some such?
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby Leeann_93 » July 23rd 2020, 12:12am

gavio wrote:Thank you for the responses, I appreciate the insight....

I have the Dorman pan in my back pocket as a plan B, I suppose, but it kinda rankles me to replace a perfectly good pan.... I'm glad to know some of the drain kits don't leak, or at least have the potential to not leak....

Leann, did you use the sealing washers that came with those B&M and Superior kits, or did you replace them with copper washers or some such?


We used only what came with the kits, except for the plumbing goop (permatex jar with brush on the cap) on the actual plug.
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby SportsBoy » July 23rd 2020, 12:18am

I used the B&M one Leeann linked - I used the nylon washers and totally smooshed them when tightening them down - next time I have the pan down I'll use copper.

No leaks that I'm aware of though - been a couple years.
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby gavio [OP] » July 23rd 2020, 3:05pm

Thank you, that's helpful to know....
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby Mr_Roboto » July 23rd 2020, 3:56pm

Never had any luck with these. I would use one in an OEM pan that came with it and just take the bath otherwise as much as I hate to say that. Even the aftermarket pan I bought with one in it drips.
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Re: Question What brand of drain plug kit do you use?

Postby AstroOafAdventurer » September 18th 2020, 3:29am

Will the Doorman pan fit my 97?
Amazon says no...
Please please say yes!
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