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Old 06-05-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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Stripped oil pan plug??

Just recently I took my car to Jiffy Lube for a basic oil change and they refused to work on it and said there was a temporary plug installed that is acting as the drain plug bolt (or whatever you call it) because the hole on the oil pan is stripped out.

I'm assuming over the years, and taking my car to cheap places (Walmart, etc.) for an oil change, the drain plug was not properly screwed in, or over-tightened and at some point they put a temporary plug in without telling me.

My question is, what are my options at this point? I need to change my oil, like NOW. I'm somewhere near 7,000 miles from the last one and have added an entire quart in the mean time.

Can the hole be re-drilled and I could just use a bigger drain plug? Will I need to replace my entire oil pan?

All thoughts and ideas are welcomed.


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Old 06-05-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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Take a look at what's there first.

Many use a gasketed replacement with a self-threading outer portion that has another drain screw in the center (seen that done LONG ago and they haven't disappeared).

Need to hold the outer while unscrewing the inner to keep from moving it as much as possible. That can be done indefinitely for draining oil, just snug both when done.


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Old 06-06-2015, 03:46 AM   #3
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Drilling puts metal fragments inside motor, not the hot setup by any means..............
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I'd price out a pan, plus a great time to do a bsd also. bsd= it removes the balance shafts for more response, better mpg, lose 19lbs + the rotational weight that goes w/ it & your motor will hold another quart of oil.
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Sailor, where can you purchase those types of screws? I'm a little hesitant to re-thread with a self-taping screw.

felix, I have removed the pan before to install a BSD kit so I feel like I could get another pan, they are $191 from Ford. Yuck, although that would be the right way to do it.

I wonder if it would be possible to remove the oil pan and do the drilling then so I could make sure it was 100% free from metal fragments before mounting it back up ? ?
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'I wonder if it would be possible to remove the oil pan and do the drilling then so I could make sure it was 100% free from metal fragments before mounting it back up ? ?'

Of course and the way to do it.......
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Take a look at what's there first.

Many use a gasketed replacement with a self-threading outer portion that has another drain screw in the center (seen that done LONG ago and they haven't disappeared).

Need to hold the outer while unscrewing the inner to keep from moving it as much as possible. That can be done indefinitely for draining oil, just snug both when done.
Where can I find something like that? Link?
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Boo to cheapo places that don't admit their $8/hr "technician" used the impact gun to reinstall the drain plug.

I just replaced a rusty oil pan for about $70 aftermarket, FWIW.
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