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Stripping of oil pan plug

Is this a thing that happens with time I have 130000 mi . I spent $600 dollars to replace the oil pan . My question is should this have happened or did the tech do it and never revealed that he had. I get all my service from the same dealer.

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I had the same problem with my '03 Jetta, I bought an oversize plug from Autozone for $2.15 and it worked just fine. A lot cheaper than replacing the oil pan...

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This can happen with any bolt that is taken out as may times as the oil drain plug. Over time the threads inside the oil pan are stretched and become weak which takes even more torque on the plug to keep it from leaking. Some vehicle have more problems with the than other and VW's are one of them. They have had so many problems they felt the need to come out with a technical service bulletin for the techs on this. Sorry to hear you had a problem.

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I agree with a previous post. So long as the plug is properly tightened (and an impact wrench isn't used on it), then it will last indefinitely. I have higher mileage vehicles and I had to replace the plug on one of them only after I messed it up.

HOWEVER, you are also in a special situation. Our TDI's are very unique. I have not once put my Jetta on jack stands to do an oil change. I have a special oil siphon for marine equipment in which I fish the siphon tube down the dipstick tube and **** all of the oil out. This process takes a grand total of 45 minutes, but, the plus side is I don't have to roll around on the ground, take the engine bay cover off, AND I am able to remove every last drop of oil. Plus, the filter is accessed from the top of the engine as well.

So, while the oil is being siphoned out of the engine, I go and grab a drink or do something else.

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If you have all your service done at the dealer or any shop for that matter,Then one of the techs did this.Stripping doesn't happen by itself.And if you are saying the oil pan,when you mean the drain plug,Then oil pan replacement wouldn't be necessary,since the plug hole could easily be re threaded.


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