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Stripped oil pan - 1998 vw new beetle

How to fix a stripped 1998 vw new beetle oil pan? is there a repair kit or some kind of self-tapping plug that will work?
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Need to buy a heli-coil kit they come in different sizes. comes with a drill bit to drill out the hole and a threading tool and the coil insert. size it to the original drain plug (buy a new one).

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Contact any parts store like NAPA, bring the old plug with u and they can supply a repair plug kit.

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