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post #1 of 30 Old 10-19-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Advice: Oil drain bolt

I was doing my oil change today and when I went to screw back in the oil drain bolt, it just kept threading in and never stopped turning. I turned it a couple times then take it out and metal shaving from the thread on the inside of the oil drain pan start coming out. What can I do to fix this? Should I buy a longer bolt? Or do I have to buy a whole new oil drain pan thing?

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Get a new oil pan...or you might be able to have the hole re-threaded but I doubt it

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You've obviously stripped it, so a longer bolt won't help as there aren't any threads left for a bolt to grab. Your cheapest solution is to put a helicoil in it, being careful to get all the aluminum shavings removed before sealing it up.
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How do people keep doing this? Screw it in with your fingers...
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How do people keep doing this? Screw it in with your fingers...
I think a lot of people are afraid of the drain bolt coming out and go all incredible hulk and tighten the sh!t out of it. Best thing for them would be to get a wrench (or ratchet) about 4 inches long to keep themselves under control.

They could always take a lessen from racers and buy a spool of safety wire.

After my son stripped several threads, I asked him WTF he was doing. He had a 1/2 inch torque wrench on a bolt that needed 89 inch pounds. Never mind that the 1/4 inch torque wrench was still in the tool box. Good news is I now have a full assortment of helicoils.
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Might want to try these:

http://www.timesert.com/

I've never used them, but I've heard claims they are better than helicoils.

I'd take the pan off before doing this. Don't see how you could keep the shavings out of there otherwise.

If you have never cut new threads before, I would find someone who has to help. It's not hard but you don't want to be learning on your drain pan.

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Might want to try these:

http://www.timesert.com/

I've never used them, but I've heard claims they are better than helicoils.

I'd take the pan off before doing this. Don't see how you could keep the shavings out of there otherwise.

If you have never cut new threads before, I would find someone who has to help. It's not hard but you don't want to be learning on your drain pan.

That looks pretty solid. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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How do people keep doing this? Screw it in with your fingers...

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dont feel so bad man next time start it by hand especially bolts like that....ive done stuff very similar...your best bet is probably re-thread it or buy a new oil pan with a new bolt and washer:)

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Ive only tightened it at manual service recommendation torque. Ill probably just buy a new pan. Anyone know where i can buy a new one at?

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