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I did my second oil change this weekend at 419 miles, and now I have a small puddle of clear oil under the machine.
I had reused the crush washer and torqued the drain bolt to 16 ft lbs - 192 in lbs.
The local Yamaha dealer (an hour away) didn't have a replacement crush washer so I hoped it would hold.
Have any of you guys used a copper washer on these machines instead of the crushed unit?
Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.
 

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Just about any auto parts store should have one that will work.

The last time that I got some from a dealer I picked up enough to do quite a few changes along with the ones for the front and rear diffs.

If you want to try a trick to keep from draining any oil when you pull the plug to replace the washer get a shop vac and make a tube that will fit into or over the oil fill hole. Or have someone help you. Then turn the vacuum on before you pull the plug. The positive vacuum that is created should keep the oil from flowing out. You may loose a bit but not much.
 

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If you like give me your address in a PM and I'll ship one to you...
 

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That's a great idea about the parts store. I'll give them a try.
I appreciate the offer of the mailing, but I wouldn't put you out like that. Advice and tips will point me in the right direction. Thanks though!
 

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It wouldn't be any problem, just a envelope and a stamp. If you like you could even return one once you get to your dealer.

Like I said, I usually buy these kind of things in bulk. I have one dealer 30 miles away but they are usually out of whatever I need and then the next one is another 100 miles.

The offer stands if you need it...
 

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Wow that JimP is a good guy. I might get you into trouble, but if it only drips a drop or so overnight you can snug it a bit, but overdoing it will be a disaster. Less than a drop per night you can just add a bit every few months.
 

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You can get a good assortment from HF cheap enough.
 

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Interesting thoughts. I have never changed one and have never had a leak.
You just jinxed yourself. You better pick up a couple the next time you are at the dealer for good luck.

I figure since I have a few of them in my tool cabinet that I'll never have one fail.
 
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In all the vehicles I've had in my life, several have had crush washers, mostly copper, one had a urethane washer. I've never replaced any except a couple times on the urethane one, as it would stuck to the pan and rip as you removed drain bolt. I just always clean the mating surfaces really well, and snug the drain bolt in there. Have never had a leak thankfully. I've never torqued a drain plug in my life either.
I'm sure I've over tightened a few plus too... That built in torque wrench in my arm isn't as accurate after 4 or 5 wobbly pops at 5.5%. lol

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I changed the oil on our 2016 Kodiaks once without replacing the crush washers, then i ordered some online and replaced them with each of the following oil changes. I don't torque the bolt either, i probably overtighten it like everything else! I do need to order the copper washers for the diff oil drain plugs, i reused them once already.
 

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I don't torque the bolt either, i probably overtighten it like everything else!
I made this mistake on my front diff. Because there are only like 4 threads grabbing that aluminum housing. And stripped.
 
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