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I am looking for a replacement oil pan drain plug. The head of mine is mostly stripped due to 'the shop' over tightening it and me not having the correct socket to remove it. I have checked autozone and they sell many different sizes that fit "my vehicle" but they all seem like they are different sizes. I would like a replacement for the stock one and a gasket too (if it is needed). What is the correct size?

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4 cylinder 2.3L engine uses the 13 mm plug

6 cylinder 3.0L engine uses the 15 mm plug

I'm not sure what engine you have, but that's the two that Ford used. There is an issue with the plugs not being exactly 13/15 mm in size, I'd just use an adjustable jaw wrench to deal with it. I had that problem years ago on a Mercedes of all cars, and used the adjustable jaw wrench to take up the slack in the jaw so no rounding would happen. No washer insofar as I know of. You could check the Motorcraft.com site to verify however.

Is that what you were asking?
 

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I think my '03 uses a reusable rubber washer (whatever it is, I've been reusing it anyways :lol: ). My six-point socket fits over it perfectly; it's actually a bit rounded from the time I used an adjustable wrench.

I'm not sure what the correct size is, but if AutoZone drain plugs come in boxes or ziplock bags or even loose, you can buy all the ones listed for the Escape when you do your next oil change. Put the new and old drain plugs together and mate the threads to find one with a matching pitch. Length isn't all that important, as long as you don't stray too far from factory. Mine is actually about a half inch shorter than OEM because I swapped the Escape drain plug with the Escort drain plug. The Escort needs a 12-point crow's foot to remove while the Escape can fit a socket; I had rounded the Escort plug so I swapped it for the pristine Escape plug. Return the plugs that you don't need and keep the one that most closely matches factory.
 

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Squishy said:
I think my '03 uses a reusable rubber washer (whatever it is, I've been reusing it anyways :lol: ). My six-point socket fits over it perfectly; it's actually a bit rounded from the time I used an adjustable wrench.

I'm not sure what the correct size is, but if AutoZone drain plugs come in boxes or ziplock bags or even loose, you can buy all the ones listed for the Escape when you do your next oil change. Put the new and old drain plugs together and mate the threads to find one with a matching pitch. Length isn't all that important, as long as you don't stray too far from factory. Mine is actually about a half inch shorter than OEM because I swapped the Escape drain plug with the Escort drain plug. The Escort needs a 12-point crow's foot to remove while the Escape can fit a socket; I had rounded the Escort plug so I swapped it for the pristine Escape plug. Return the plugs that you don't need and keep the one that most closely matches factory.
Talk about bump from the dead, but I just upgraded the drain plug on my '10 Escape XLT to a 14x1.50 drain plug with a magnetic tip, which I bought from Autozone for like $4. Hopefully it will help keep my oil a little cleaner :)
 
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