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      I see no reason whatsoever to buy these OEM from the dealer. I thought it was a shame that my "trusted" mechanics never even considered replacing either the oil or the ATF drain plug washers. So I now do it myself. My oil plug washer had totally mushroomed out around the edges. After dozens of uses, those old washers are useless and the mechanics then start cranking on the drain plugs to stop leaks, which is why the female threads on the aluminum oil pan or transmission housing may strip out. That's no fun at all -- all to cheap out on a 45cent washer!
       
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      Put on a new genuine Honda Drain Plug and washer
      Not sure about needing a new drain plug. You could just clean it up. Did your threads feel all mangled up? If, after breaking the initial bolt preload, your drain bolt smoothly un-threaded all the way out, then you probably only needed a new washer.

      Recently I changed my oil and ATF. I noticed that my oil plug alum washer was wrapped around the head of the bolt like yours was. Why don't mechanics replace this 25cent washer? OdyFamily is right, these guys should face public slapping.

      I believe the problem starts because the washer is not replaced. Then each time the drain bolt (either the oil or ATF) is reinstalled, it must be torqued higher to prevent leaks. Not good. Then we hear about some of these reservoir female threads stripping out. Nightmare scenario! Just change the 25cent washer!
       

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