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ird filler nut, rounded off and stuck

sid-uk

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tried changing the oil in my ird and found that the oil really smelled bad, like rotton eggs, bit of metalic swarf on the drain plug aswell, does this indicate that it need changing, anyway, problem is i cant get the nut out to refill, the head is slightly rounded and i tried alsorts of tools but i cant get much leveredge under the freelander, any tips on how i can get this nut off, i cant drive it till i sort it, any help guys.
 
Without getting to extreme action, I'd probably try these things, in roughly this order

Vice grips
Try a stillson wrench? (if there's room),
File a couple of flats on it and use a open ended spanner ( I might try chisel first to save time)
Tap it round gently with a hammer and cold chisel,
Tap it a bit harder with the hammer and chisel - care is required - if you tend to be heavy handed don't risk it.

If you have them (which I don't)

Try a face drive socket (if there's any faces left)
Try a fancy grippy tool e.g. Irwin Bolt Grip - see machine Mart catalogue - quite expensive though. But a lot cheaper than trashing an IRD casing
 
If you have no joy with the advice above and need a professional to do it, why can't you drive there? If the plug is still on you must have oil in there.

AJ
 
Like fergie says machine mart do sets of bolt grips-like a socket with a reverse spiral female thread-it bites into whats left of the bolt/plug to be removed.My mate lost his key to his locking wheel nuts and a set of these got them of in no time..

Jon
 
If you have no joy with the advice above and need a professional to do it, why can't you drive there? If the plug is still on you must have oil in there.

AJ

I'm afraid the IRD is completely drained, the refill nut is somewhere on top ??
 
If you use a small hammer, tap the plug quite hard a few times, it should loosen it on the threads ( the washer gives a bit) don't get over enthusiastic though.

Chris
 
How about removing the propshaft from the IRD and filling through the big 'ole?

Would that work?

Cheers

Blippie
 
got it with a big chisel and an even bigger hammer, cant belive how much difference the oil change would make, both ird and gearbox done now and the freelander has quietened down so much i cant belive it, would a good oil in the engine help to quiten that down also?
engine is a bit on the noisy side, sounds a bit like a diesel,
thanks for all the help guy's, saved me a bunch of money by doing it myself and not a garage,
 
sorry guy's forgot to ask, what is the best oil i can put in the engine. 1.8 petrol, got a feeling the guy who owned it before me didnt service it and i bet he used cheap oil
 
The hydraulic tappets stick and rattle. Put half a pint of Diesel into the engine oil and run it for about 10 minutes, (that works pretty well). Then change the oil. You can buy a tin of Hydraulic Tappet cleaner, which does the same job,it flushes out the carbon bits from the tappets valve.

It is down to lack of oil changes, we get it on a lot of Rover K series Trade ins. A new set are about £120, so try the flush first.

Chris
 
diesel in my engine? just pour it straight in where i would fill with oil?
so do you think this would help to quieten it down, have you done this before and did it make much difference to the sound of the engine, also is there any where under neath that needs greesing, like on the ball joints or arms somewhere as i have a sort of metalic grinding sound, metal on metal, it gets worse the faster i go, thanks for the help mate
 
Yes, straight in the filler cap. We do it on all Tappetty engines as a first step, then refill with fresh oil and filter. It helps wash the carbon bits out. If it's still noisey, we then decide whether to repair or send to the Auctions. As I said, you can buy proper cleaners or even flushing oil, but that is expensive.

An 03 Rover is worth doing, an old T plate isn't. Purely down to money.

Chris
 
i have a sort of metalic grinding sound, metal on metal, it gets worse the faster i go, thanks for the help mate
Now you have the IRD filler plug out, check the oil again in a few days and see if it's turning grey again.

The CV joints on the drive shafts normally knock as they turn. Check the wheel bearings.

Chris
 
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