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Are you sure you are using the right bolts. could be metric or standard. you may have to run a thread tap into the holes to clean the threads up first and then try again.
Posted on Jul 23, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most auto parts stores have a solution for this problem. Explain the situation to them, they will sell you a self-tapping drain plug that cuts new threads. This will replace your OEM drain plug. I have used them several times, they work if directions are followed. These drain plug replacements usually come in 1, 2, and 3 "oversize" sizes. Not difficult to install, not expensive. Good luck.
The dealer would replace the oil pan instead of fixing the threads.
Posted on Nov 06, 2010
If the harmonic balancer is moving 99.9% sure it is bad and needs to be replaced. The bolt holding that pulley on is tightened to about 200 ft lbs or more. You may be able to do it yourself but it is a chore and you will need the proper tools. Of course you need to take the belt off but then you need to gain access and usually from the bottom. An impact gun and a compressor that puts out 170 lbs makes it easier but not easy. If you do not have an impact gun then your chances of doing it yourself greatly dwindles as you will need a breaker bar and you will need to have enough room to move that breaker bar. You will not be able to break this bolt loose with a standard ratchet, you will only wind up with busted knuckles even trying. Assuming you are able to get this bolt off, you now need to have a puller as the pulley is pressed in. Again, with the puller, its easier to have an impact gun but this one can be done with a ratchet though you will have very tired arms. Once you get it out, make sure you get the key out of the shaft as well. Your new pulley (balancer) should have a new key with it. These keys don't just fall out either, you may need to carefully tap on it with a standard screw driver. When installing the new pulley, first put the new key in. I would put a little anti-seize on it to help ease it in. You will probably need to give it some gentle taps with a hammer to get it to seat. You do NOT want one end sticking up and the other down farther. Needs to be level. Now align the slot of you pulley with this key and slide it on. You will not be able to slide it on all the way. Your bolt will take care of this part. Tighten the bolt to about 200 ft lbs or if you have an impact gun, run it on. Don't keep hammering on it though. Once the pulley begins to move with it, STOP. At this point your home free, just put the rest back together. If you do not have the tools mentioned, might want to take it to the shop. Might cost you a few hundred dollars but that's only half of what my impact gun cost. Good Luck!!
Posted on Jan 08, 2011
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