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Bolt will not tighten 2004 pt cruiser thermastat

The other bolt threads in a brass fitting. the bolts for the plem have them as well. there is not a brass inlay in the one that will not tighten? dose it need one? i think the last tech ran a tap in it ? now too large ?

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If someone ran a tap through it naturally the bolt size needs to be adjusted w it.

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