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Unread 10-05-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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Stripped oil pan drain plug

I overtightened the drain plug in my oil pan and stripped the threads. Outside of buying and installing a new oil pan what are my options? I can't be the first fool to do this.



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Unread 10-05-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Well as I am sure you have learned you only need to hand tighten the plug with just a little turn of a wrench to make sure its snug, nothing more. You can probably get a tap to run new threads in your pan. Just go to a sears and they will have them in their tool department.

edit: be aware this will put small metal shavings in the base of your oil pan. You should flush with some oil or get a magnitized plug or something afterward.
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Unread 10-05-2006, 12:48 PM   #3
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yea need to retap it u dont neet to tighten it that much ur tightening it into sheet metal....u really had to crank it down
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Unread 10-05-2006, 12:51 PM   #4
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i went to walmart and said that they messed it up (which they did) so they pulled in my jeep and took a look at it and gave me one for free.
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Unread 10-05-2006, 01:05 PM   #5
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I knew better

I knew better. I had a truck a few years back that had a loose drain plug when I went to chage the oil. No oil was dripping out but I was able to remove the plug with my fingures. Every since then I have been scared not to tighten the plug as much as possible for fear it would viberate out and dump all my oil out on the highway. I this case I did not feel like I was tightening too much and it wnet loose on me. Oh well.

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Unread 10-05-2006, 01:23 PM   #6
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Have you verified its the threads in the pan rather than the bolt? I had the bolt threads strip off on a ford 302 but the pan threads were fine & just a replacment plug was needed.
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Unread 10-05-2006, 01:51 PM   #7
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You should tap it one size larger but in the meantime at the auto parts store they used to sell a plug that went through the hole and and sandwiched two rubber seals together.
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