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Stripped Transmission Plug

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by MightyProper, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. MightyProper

    MightyProper [OP] Active Member

    May 24, 2011
    Los Angeles
    01 PreRunner 2.7
    Tint, Debadged, Rattlecanned Stockies, Stock Snorkel Removed, AFE Pro Dry, Deckplate Mod
    Flashback to about about 4/5 years and 40,000 miles ago....
    Wanted to do my first oil change on my recently purchased 01 Taco, ended up draining the tranny fluid by accident. No biggie, rookie mistake! Refilled the trans w/ fresh fluid and never thought anything of it.
    Today: Decided I was going to drain the tranny again and remove the pan and clean up the filter and gunk inside and reseal w/ a new gasket. Bought myself 7 quarts of fresh ATF and FIPG from the dealer. I was all set to drain the fluid. First step? Remove the plug.
    As I was trying to remove the plug I noticed it was spinning freely and would not come out. I must have over tightened the damn thing too much. F^HK!!!!!!! What are my options? Could I tap the thing to a bigger size? New pan? Anywhere I could purchase a new pan on the cheap?
    Thanks any input is appreciated.
  2. PSJ

    PSJ Prerunners Work

    Nov 9, 2008
    Sebastian Inlet
    09 Access Cab Prerunner
    Rear Leaf spring TSB, Bilstein 5100's all around w/ front set at 1.75", 265/75R/16 Mickey Thompson Baja STZ's, Trailer hitch w/custom wiring, AFE drop in dry filter, Rear Diff breather mod, Debadged truck, customized stock TRD wheel center caps, added factory fog lights, bed mat, door sills, tinted windows
    I guess your lucky the stripped bolt stayed put and did not pop out or loosen up...:eek:
    Maybe check the price of a new pan, check local junk yards for a price on a used one if available and or call around to get a price to fix the old pan if possible. I like the idea of a used or new pan replacement, but someone may be able to fix your pan, just make sure with the fix the new bolt can seat properly to be securely tightened. Good luck, I hope you learned another thing about working on your shit- there is such a thing as too tight, and be real careful with aluminum- a lot easier over torque and screw up! ;)
  3. AndrewFalk

    AndrewFalk Science!

    May 8, 2010
    The North East
    2010 5 speed 5 lug
    Usually the threads on the oil pan come from a nut welded to the inside of the pan. So you could just pull the pan and weld the nut back on. Or find a new/ used pan.
  4. misterdmac

    misterdmac Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    First Name:
    In or around the truck
    '97 2.7L DLX
    Bummer bro, sounds like something I would do.
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