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Does anyone use the Fram SD4 Sure Drain Oil Drain Plug System for easy draining of oil from their Cobalt ?

I have previously used this exact plug with great success in my 2005 Cavalier (and an SD-2 plug on my 2002 Mazda)

Since my new 2010 Cobalt has an Ecotec engine very similar to the 2005 Cavalier, I assumed that the SD4 plug could be used in my Cobalt

However, Amazon.com says "This product does not fit your 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt"

Since Fram has sold the Fram Oil Drain Plug business to another party, Fram no longer gives advice on this product

The Fram SD4 is described as a size M12 x 1.75

Help anyone ?
 

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just a little 2 cents, the cobalt oil change is by far the easiest oil change chevy ever came out with. doin oil changes all day every day at work, when we see a cobalt we think whoo its an easy one
 

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I think it would be cool because I have a hell of a time getting my drain plug loosened! The head is getting rounded and I am thinking about getting a new plug for the next change. I looked at the Fram system but I was afraid of accidental drain...
 

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I think it would be cool because I have a hell of a time getting my drain plug loosened! The head is getting rounded and I am thinking about getting a new plug for the next change. I looked at the Fram system but I was afraid of accidental drain...
You are tightening your plug far too much. The actual torque specs are only like 22 ft-lb or something like that. You should never have to struggl to remove that bolt. If yours is getting rounded off its way too tight
 

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Here's a link to the page that gave me concerns about whether I should use the SD4 Fram oil drain plug in my 2010 Cobalt :

Amazon.com: Fram SD4 SureDrain Fast Access Oil Change Drain Plug System: Automotive: Reviews, Prices & more



The Fram system includes (1) drain plug with an internal valve, (2) "valve opener" that screws on to open the valve, (3) 8 inch long piece of tubing to direct the oil flow into a container of your choice and (4) cap that screws onto the plug, providing a seal against the very unlikely event that the valve should leak. The valve opener is removed before you put the cap on.


Since the valve opener must make several rotations to open the valve, there is a real possibility that the tubing (being rather stiff) may pop off the valve opener and cause a spill. To avoid this you might want to use more flexible tubing. For myself, I do not attach the tubing until I have the valve opener screwed on and I can see a tiny amount of oil beginning to escape.


This product, along with the up-top Ecotec oil filter, makes oil changing very easy and without a mess. I've used the product for 8 years on two cars, and I recommend it highly.
 
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