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Unread Today, 06:52 PM   #1
jchandler926
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oil drain plug won't loosen or tighten.

I went under jeep to change the oil and the bolt will not come out. It will turn either way but doesn't tighten or come out. Can I drill out the bolt and replace with larger size? Or do I have to replace the whole oil pan?

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No you dont have to put in a new oil pan. You can drill it out and put in a heli coil (sp?) in it and go to the next size drain plug. If you go to a decent parts store they can fix you up with the goodies for it.
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Ok that's what I was thinking, but every mechanic is trying to say replace pan. I'll search auto parts store tomorrow. Thanks for the help.
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Slide a heavy duty putty knife under the bolt head. Put pressure on the bolt and un screw it, it will come out.

Go to NAPA and get an oversize drain plug, and make sure to use a new gasket/washer for it.
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They make expanding rubber drain plugs for people in your situation.
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The oil Drain Plug has been stuck in my Mother's BMW 325IS for like 10 years; you can either bring it to a quick lube and they'll suck the oil out or you can buy the suck out kit at Harbor Freight to DIY. They've been selling cars for years with no drain plug in the sump.

I'd start with the Putty Knife trick first though.
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