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Old 05-29-2012, 02:45 PM
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Oil Pan

So I've found that threads on the oil pan where the drain plug goes in were falling out so I scraped them out and put in an oversized selftapping plug since the old plug obviously won't seal any more. Anyone have experience with this problem? Is this good for just a temporary fix, meaning I'll need to by a new oil pan, or should this oversized plug theoretically hold it's own?

If I do need to replace the pan, any details I should look out for? Like what material it's made of or which brand to stay away from? Stuff like that.
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Re: Oil Pan

You should be fine but I would drill it and tap it for a larger diameter bolt rather than use a self tapping bolt...
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^^^Agree with him 100% Drill and tap it good. as long as you don't mess that up then thread the new plug in and be done. You can also grab some powerful magnets from the hardware store and superglue them to the draing plug. Viola magnetic drain plug. We've used the self tapping one's at my tech but we always recommend a new pan to the owner.
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Re: Oil Pan

I used a pan saver. It works great. No need to tap the old oil pan.
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Re: Oil Pan

that pan saver looks like an awesome idea. so far so good on the plug i put in today, no dripping or seepage of any visible kind so far.
can you explain where to superglue the magnet to the plug with a little bit more detail? i'm not completely sure what you mean.
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Re: Oil Pan

Supergluing a magnet to the plug doesn't seem like a safe idea. They do sell plugs that have a strong magnet intergrated into the plug.
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Supergluing a magnet to the plug doesn't seem like a safe idea. They do sell plugs that have a strong magnet intergrated into the plug.
Id go ^^this route instead of supergluing magnets.
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Re: Oil Pan

I was originally worried about it coming off. THen i realized it ain't coming off. Guaranteed. Even if it comes out then it sticks to the oil pan. If you get good powerful magnets then you'll realize it won't come off. if 7 drops of superglue can lift a station wagon then a few drops can hold a magnet onto a drain plug. espically considering it's going to stick to the drain plug anyways due to it being magnetic. all you have to do is at the bottom of the plug put a few drops and put a magnet or 2. i've done this on about 8 vehicles so far. never had a problem. it's cheaper than a magnetic drain plug too.
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