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post #1 of 18 Old 07-26-2018, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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leaky drain bolt

ive got a small oil leak at my drain bolt. having trouble sourcing a decent oil pan and ive replaced the bolt and still have a leak. Ive use liquid gasket sealer around the bolt in the past with mixed results.

anybody have any ideas for a permanent fix?
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Did you forget to replace or use a crush washer?

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My old 03 636 had that happen when I accidentally overtightened and screwed up the threads.. I was able to use one of those drain bolts that cuts into the threading and was slightly bigger but it only lasted about 2 oil changes before I had to replace the pan
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Did you forget to replace or use a crush washer?
New bolt came with new crush washer, still leaks.
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Threads are ok?

You can torque to spec ok?

Perhaps the pan it self is cracked from over tightening?

If cracked only pan replacement will fix.

If threads are messed up, fix threads with Heli-coil or Time-Sert.
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Yeah there very well could be a crack in the pan from the prev. owner or even from you over-tightening the drain bolt at one point. I would make sure you're torquing to spec first of all and if that doesn't work you could even try putting like Teflon Tape on the threads... that would probably help if the crack (granted you have one) is a hairline.

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thanks for the ideas fellas. will double check for a crack and start with the easiest options first.
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crack or threads.. sucks when shit happens.
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Ditto above. 1. Take off pan. 2. Deliver to a shop. 3. Shop puts a heli-coil in.

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Ditto above. 1. Take off pan. 2. Deliver to a shop. 3. Shop puts a heli-coil in.

Heli-coil doesn't do shit if the pan is cracked...
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