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The 1998 version is based on the original Beetle but, in comparison with the old model of the vehicle, it is way more spacious and equipped with more advanced features.

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Can't remove two bolts from oil pan in my 2000 VW Beetle

I am trying to replace my oil pan (bad drain plug threads) and I can not remove the two bolts closest to the transmission. I went and bought a wably #10 socket and it didn't help either. The socket extensions are blocked by the transmission case. Does anyone have any helpful tips?

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I welded a 10mm socket to a 5 mm hex wrench so they both made contact at the same time worked great make sure you line them up using a bolt you removed already

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I used Triton # 12714 ( Kragen auto parts) Extra Long Metric Ball End Hex Key Set. Included 5mm. Ball end allows up to 25° angle. Best $7.99 I have spent in a long time!

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The 6mm hex head allen bolts on my timing belt pulley are totally stuck... I don't have access to an impact wrench, but I have tried drills, but will not move the bolts...HELP

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Finally got a larger star bit hammered into the head of the bolt. No fun at all! Now onto the water pump... thanks for your help!! Going to buy new bolts for sure. I have read that I should replace the motor mount bolts too.. better safe than Stuck.

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The next option was a left handed drill bit.

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Dave Phillips, look at your bolts, I believe that you should see a hex-type hole in the middle of of those. You could use a 5mm Ball-End Allan wrench. Something like like this to remove those two bolts. Also, take a look on here for some good instructions. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Except the inside hex of the bolt is stripped. We cannot seem to get the 10mm on it to stay

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Here's a neat trick for getting it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyx-QoP3...

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There are tapered Allen bolt removal tools available that grip into stripped Allen bolts . You have to lightly drive them into place then turn the bolt out using a socket that fits the end.

If you can't find them bolt extractors (left hand twisted type) would work , but they are designed to work with a drilled out bolt. If you choose them you may have to drill into the bolt with a drill about 1 to 1.5 mm smaller than the tap drill size .

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I f it was me I would re thread the drain plug hole either with a tap for the next size plug or get a self threading plug and run it in. Either way use a magnet to remove any metal from the plug hole before adding new oil.

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