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Old 03-10-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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Angry oil pan plug stripped question

So today I went to remove the oil plug in my 2000 TJ and the damn thing just spins but will not come out. Does anyone know if the pans have a nut welded on the inside that may have broke loose or the threads just stripped. I've tried to wedge something against the bolt to get some leverage but it's not working. Any Ideas???? Thanks.

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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No there is no nut on the inside, oil pans strip easly if you try and tighten the bolt to tight. It's only suppose to be hand tight. Try and get it out but you can either replace the oil pan or have it tapped to a larger bolt. Use to work at Jiffy Lube and the newbies were good and stripping out bolts.

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After working there I second that. Do it yourself
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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try and get it out myself, just don't know how the hell I'm going to do it.
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One other thing, it's important to use a new washer (brass or soft metal) everytime you change your oil. That way the washer is compressing before you really have to torque the heck out of the drain plug. Maybe this is a given but I just wanted to add it. When I had my Mitsubishi I would always buy the filter from the dealer and everyone had a washer taped to the box. I think every filter should come with one .
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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go online and look up time sert.its a steel thred insert. i use them at work.then you can use oem drain plug.
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Most care parts houses carry over sized drain plugs that self tap.
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I think there's a "bung" that's welded to the pan on the inside (like a round threaded collar or nut.) - it's much thicker than the sheet metal pan. The sheet metal isn't thick enough to thread. Sounds like the weld broke. Try an impact - make it spin.

Even if you cannot drain the oil out, the pan has to be removed, the bung rewelded or a new pan. Oil in it just makes it a messy job.
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I think there's a "bung" that's welded to the pan on the inside (like a round threaded collar or nut.) - it's much thicker than the sheet metal pan. The sheet metal isn't thick enough to thread. Sounds like the weld broke. Try an impact - make it spin.

Even if you cannot drain the oil out, the pan has to be removed, the bung rewelded or a new pan. Oil in it just makes it a messy job.
Oh no man never use an impact on an oil pan. It's too thin and will make kore problems for yourself. The bolt may be tricky to get out but I will come out. Lik it was said, get a new larger one butonly hand tighten. Never beat it or over tighten that bolt for it will strip again
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You don't need to take the oil pan out. Just remove plug, drain oil. Buy new plug, thread new bolt in and add oil. It's a pretty easy fix
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You need to wedge it as you turn it out. You need a piece of thin metal like a putty knife that has a notch that will allow you to tap it between the bolt and pan. .
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like that y is the wedge and the dote is the thread.If you stiil have the plastic or brass washer on there it should work. Then get the oversize self tap plug.
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If the plug is spinning because the bung has broken loose, an impact may be able to spin the plug faster than it slips, thereby unscrewing it.

Normally never use an impact like someone said, but in this case it may do the job.

If the bung has not broken loose, you can tap it oversize. But if the bung has broken loose tapping the thin sheet metal won't work.
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Either way it looks like your dropping the oil pan. If that bung broke there is no way to change it. (Say you do get the bolt out and the nut that is welded to the oil pan falls in the bottom. You still have to get it out) leave it all connected and drop the pan.
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The oil pan plug should be torqued to a max 25 ft lbs. Anything over is excessive.
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The oil pan plug should be torqued to a max 25 ft lbs. Anything over is excessive.
Yes thank you, that means hand tighten. No power tools
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Thanks everyone. For anyone else who comes across this problem there is a big nut welded to the inside of the pan and I found out the hard way after ripping it out of the pan. The bolt wasn't even cross-threaded, the damn nut just broke loose. I guess it's from years of over tightening the bolt. I'm going to have to find myself a pan now. Thanks again.

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