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Hey guys, i will be doing my first oil change. I heard debates about replacing and reusing crush washer drain plugs. Should i replace it or reuse it?

Where can i buy the crush washers?
 

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Replace with each oil change.

Come on guys...if you are torquing the nut to spec, the washer is being crushed..exactly what it's supposed to do.

Why cheap out?

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Don't know why this is such an issue. I have never, in 55 years of riding motorcycles, replaced a "crush" washer - which don't really crush at all. In the old days they were actually hollow and would "crush" providing enough seal and tightness.

Now? They don't "crush." I put a tiny bit of RTV blue on the threads near the head and snug tighten. NEVER had a problem or leak! Hundreds of thousands of miles!

I don't even replace them on my cars (Toyota & Hondas) even when they come free with the filter.
 

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You'll get all kind of answers to that question, hence I would refer you to the service manual it says, "After draining the oil completely, install the drain bolt with a new sealing washer. Tighten the drain bolt to the specified torque. 22 ft. lbs.
 

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You'll get all kind of answers to that question, hence I would refer you to the service manual it says, "After draining the oil completely, install the drain bolt with a new sealing washer. Tighten the drain bolt to the specified torque. 22 ft. lbs.
The service manual can say a lot of things that most of us will ignore. In terms of technical things, we should be listening to them. However, this crush washer thing is kind of a joke. The manufacturers also insist on our purchasing their "factory" parts. Do you follow their instructions there??

These sorts of suggestions/instructions are designed more to sell more of their products than to give advice on the best way to take care of their product.

Forget the crush washer advice - the old washer is just as good as a new one.
 

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Opinions are like......well you know, we all have them.
OP, READ, not forums and internet gibberish from keyboard jockey’s that know everything, read tech manuals, white papers, etc. and develop your own conclusions. That is what most of us have done and why we all have our own opinions about things like this and what oil to use.
 

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Pic of new and old crush washer from the drain plug on the oil tank on my Aprilia.
1/2” impact will do that every time. 😬 j/k.
I’ve never seen that happen to what appears to be a solid aluminum washer. Just curious, is the metal that soft or is it hollow.
 

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That is stock aluminum drain plug washer torqued to the specific torque of 11 ft. lbs. (Snap-on torque wrench) It is not hollow and this is what all my aluminum crush washers look like when I take them off, hence crush washer.
 

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Just buy the crush washers off fleabay where they are really cheap, especially if you buy 10 at a time. Just not worth trying to save that small amount of money, especially if the bike is still under warranty.
 

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IF you have one to replace and you FEEL you should, go ahead.
IF for some reason you don't have a new washer - the world will not end because you don't replace it!
ITS up to you IF you feel it is necessary.

This is like which tire to use, or which type of oil, or IF global warming is a thing.
YOU will NOT change anyone's mind from what they do at this very moment.

Dont discuss politics or religion...or on motorcycle forums tires, oil, or crush washers!

For the record I have never replaced any washer on any on any car or bike I've owned - no leaks, no problems.
 

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I think they are ok to use twice. But on my last change I saw small drop of oil on the bolt so it seemed to be leaking. I dont own a torque wrench so I tightened it even more than what felt "snug" and that made the leak stop.

But i am pretty sure the crush washer is caput now because of that. So In my opinion you can get 2 or maybe 3 oil changes out of a washer. Its probably best to just get a new one, if they cost a dollar each...... To risk leaks in order to save a dollar is probably a bad gamble.

But I have 5 filters left with 3 crush washers and 3 oil filter gaskets (My bike is CB300F) So I have to "make it work", you dig it?
 

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On this momentous topic I must contribute the fact that my original crush washer that came with the bike LIVES. Now 26000 miles and approaching my 5th oil change. I still have the new one some dealer might have given me when I purchased a filter. DO NOT USE CHEAP REPLACEMENT FILTER FROM EBAY. Get the oem or better. My 2 cents. The gentleman rests..
 
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