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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Drain Plug

I have had a little oil leaking the past week so last night I changed the oil and tightened up the drain plug. The problem, the drain plug would never tighten to what it usually does. Just kind of spins when its in all the way. I am sure I didn't cross thread it as I am always careful of this. I didn't change the crush washer and haven't for a while so I was going to try that. In the meantime I wrapped the threads with teflon tape and put it back in. Tightened up pretty good and hasn't leaked but I don't feel 100% about it. Any advice / ideas?

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KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON IT. you may have stripped it. The teflon tape is often an adequate fix. Drilling out the stripped threads and placing a Heli coil is ideal , however the position and the fact that you will have metal shavings to consider sometimes makes this impractical . since most cases are aluminum a magnet will not help. I have used a 90 degree drill and then dumped a couple of quarts of Marvel through to wash out the shavings. (Then you wonder if you got them all).
I have used the Permatex thread repair on drain plugs with great success.
If the plug is in snug and you used a new crush washer you are probably ok.

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Thanks BearSlayer! I will watch it closely. Permatex looks like a good option if I need it.
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