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Old 07-25-2003, 08:18   #1 (permalink)
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stripped oil plug :(

The threads on the oil pan have been stripped on my F150. I know I could get a new oil pan, but I'm a poor college student. What's an easy cheap solution? Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2003, 14:44   #2 (permalink)
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Get thread tap of slightly larger size,get plug same size.
Run tap into stripped thread,get magnet remove an metal bits from sump,insert new plug,fill sump with oil and away you go.
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Is there a kit to do this? Is there a place I can get it really cheap?
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Try your local spare parts or hardware shop
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Re: stripped oil plug :(

Go to your local garage, shouldn't cost too much, under $20, maybe. :)

Ask them, pay cash.
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Stripped plug

There are various size plugs made just for this eventuality.
Many parts stores have them and the taps necessary for the job.

The taps are a special type that does not create cuttings. It sort of stretches the metal to create a new thread rather than cutting the metal to make the new thread. The noise the tap makes when it is being turned sounds like strangling a cat.

I have borrowed them from shops in the past (e.g. Rare Spares stores).
as well as from service stations (the old type where they have real mechanics doing repairs).

The servo suggestion is the best one. Many servos where there are mechanics or car repair places will have these and would cut the new thread and supply the plug. Takes about 15 minutes to do and it should be only a few dollars.
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