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Oil drain plug leaking

I have a 2008 passat and oil is leaking from the drain plug. when i go to tighten it it just spins. the dealer wants to charge me $600 to change the oil pan but i am wondering if i can do spmething else cheaper? any help would be awesome.

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Go to the auto parts store they will sell you a self tapping over sized plug that will work great but you need to bring the old plug with you. i just did one on a 03 caddy cts

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