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Stripped oil drain bolt, what are my options?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by locster, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. Apr 10, 2015 at 8:26 PM
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    locster

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    Wasn't at my best today. It's only the 3rd oil change on my new truck and cross threaded the drain bolt. What other options do I have other than a new oil pan?
     
  2. Apr 10, 2015 at 8:28 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    The oil pan is an easy replacement, as the bottom one (One with the plug), is small, and not that expansive. Otherwise, drill it out, and tap it for a larger plug.
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2015 at 8:32 PM
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    RobertHyatt

    RobertHyatt You just can't fix stupid...

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    Or drill it out and helicoil it for the same threads if you want to keep it stock-like.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM
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    Yeah, Ive heard of folks having good luck that way, Ive just never been successful at it on a drain plug :eek:
     
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    For a quick repair, they sell these rubber plugs that you push inside the hole and tighten a screw to expand the rubber and seal the hole. I have used them and they work well and do not leak.

    But that is not a permanent fix.

    I would replace the drain pan or tap for a larger plug.
     
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  6. Apr 10, 2015 at 8:43 PM
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    Where can I get one of those kits?
     
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    says the guy driving a jeep...
    ummm no. at least not without removing the pan.

    remove the pan, then tap it. or just buy a new pan.

    if you go drilling and tapping that pan while its installed in the truck where exactly do you think the metal shavings are going to go? they dont turn into pixie dust.
     
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    If your gonna remove the pan then....








    Forget the tap, just put a new pan on
     
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    +1
     
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    I think the "remove the pan" step is kind of a given. :eek: Or maybe you're messing with chris and I'm missing your sarcasm...:anonymous:

    You still save for the cost of a pan if you just tap it to a larger size.
     
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    the advice was remove the pan... "otherwise" drill it. lol
     
  14. Apr 10, 2015 at 9:23 PM
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    or use that rubber plug in a pinch, it works, short term
     
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    At this point, I think I'm just gonna get a new pan and perhaps install a Fumoto valve while I'm at it. I have a skid plate, so will need to get a low profile valve.

    Thanks all.
     
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    In this situation I'd use a Timesert. Different than helicoil. Perfect and designed for this type of situation. http://www.timesert.com/. any tapping that needs to be done no matter how you handle it put a blob of grease on your tap. It holds any metal chips as you tap. Far cheaper and quicker than replacing the pan and its a permanent repair. I've used them with great success on Harley pans etc.
     
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  17. Apr 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM
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    I checked out the kit for this application, and it's ~$95, which is the price of a new oil pan online. You do end up with a steel threaded insert though, if that's one advantage over the new pan.
     
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    They make oversize self tapping drain plugs. Just go to an auto parts house and pick one up for a few bucks.
     
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    as lazy as I am that would be a permanent fix for me.
     
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    Actually, the advice was replace the pan, otherwise drill and tap. just sayin... :rolleyes:
     

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