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    Anyone know what is the size of the square tool needed to remove the filler plug on my Xantia's AL4 box, or where I should attempt to procure one?
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    I did our Xantia the weekend before last and the socket is still on the long extension. It is an 8mm square plug. I bought it from the local Pep's spares as part of a set. It is made by Kingchrome
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    Thanks Greg
    I'll start hunting for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce H View Post
    Anyone know what is the size of the square tool needed to remove the filler plug on my Xantia's AL4 box, or where I should attempt to procure one?
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    No idea. But for what's it worth, I was tossed by a similar dilema some time ago with the sump plug of a small engine when I tried the standard 1/2" (or was it the 3/8") square drive tool set. It was a perfect fit.

    [If it's a 13 or 10mm plug, they'll fit even though a little bit undersize.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce H View Post
    Thanks Greg
    I'll start hunting for one.
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    Try hunting in your tool box for an old 3/8" square drive - would not take long to grind 1mm off each side.

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    (PS: Unless you need a new Kingchrome set of tools - I like Kingchrome by the way)

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    Don't you love autocorrect - it's actually Kinchrome.

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    8 mm square, like a door lock shaft.
    Bunnings sells them separately for about $2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clogzz View Post
    8 mm square, like a door lock shaft.
    Bunnings sells them separately for about $2.


    The filler plug on our GS C-Matic (convertisseur box) is also 8mm, I bought the kingchrome set with one in it BUT it is too short because the wider round section for a socket fouls on another fitting above where the plug is. So, an extended bar like this one is what we need, i believe the axle on domestic doors is 8mm square as clogzz rightly says so we too will be looking for something more like this than a short 8mm square drive but short socket accessory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Don't you love autocorrect - it's actually Kinchrome.
    It's actually Kincrome.

    Cleverly named, I suggest. In my (biased, snobbish) opinion it is neither king nor chrome but implies it is both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Clogzz View Post
    8 mm square, like a door lock shaft.
    Bunnings sells them separately for about $2.
    I'm not sure that would be hard enough.

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    the wider round section for a socket fouls on another fitting above where the plug is
    Same on the C5, the gear selector shaft is very close to the filler plug.



    I'm not sure that would be hard enough.
    The door lock shaft looks like proper steel and has been good and strong.
    The plug was a bit firm at the first opening but I never tightened it too much since.

    The welding teacher at the part-time welding school next to my old scrap of work in Queensland welded a nut onto it at taxpayers’ expense.
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    Eons ago I had a vehicle that used square drain keys. I looked through my old tools for a square file (they are gently tapered, and are hardened), and cut it off at the right spot to make a piece about 50mm long. The rest is still a file. With a large shifter for leverage this did the job for 25 years. It's still weighing down my toolbox, but too potentially useful to chuck out.

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    I found an 8mm square socket in the Snap On truck that drives around Perth. I've seen them once or twice since then, but they aren't common.

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    Just get a Renault sump plug tool. There 8mm square drive and we (French connection) sell them for about 10 bucks.

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    Grind a bolt down square on a bench grinder

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    Part ordered from French Connection, thanks all.


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