Removal and repair suggestions - Rear diff drain plug

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Bashed this pretty good. Cannot get socket on the plug. I'd like to retain as much of the protection ring as possible but get clearance for the socket.
All suggestions welcome.

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A die grinder (air or electric) with a cone shaped carbide bit would work best.
 
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If you don't have a die grinder, use a cold chisel and hammer and clean up (shave off) the jagged bits around the inside lip of the protection ring. Do this until the socket fits. You may also need to tap the socket in place with a hammer, if it's still mildly hanging up on the ring.
 
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Once you get the old plug out get a new plug with a magnetic core in it. Handy dandy doo-dad to monitor wear and tear. Same goes for the engine and tranny drain plugs.
 

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