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Stripped out oil plug

My 2004 chrysler pacifica has a stripped oil plug drain hole. I"m told that it is aluminum ( the treads in the pan) and that this can not be fixed. I am having a very hard time finding a oil pan (new or used) and have been told that it is back ordered and there is no release date. It doesn't much matter why it happened now. I would like to know if the pan can be fixed or if I just need to try and find another pan. Any suggestions where to find one . I have searched the internet for parts already.Thanks.

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Yes the pan can be fixed. Find a shop that welds aluminum. Have them weld the threads and then rethread it. A simple fix for someone who knows how to weld aluminum. Another option can be found here. http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/155/tn_15507.html And as a last resort you can buy a rubber drain plug and just replace it every time you change your oil.

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You can have the oil pan re-tapped, which mean they can re-thread the oil pan for a slightly over sized oil pan plug. There are different size oil plug and just get one size slightly larger and have a shop re tap the oil pan for the larger oil plug and there you have it, good as new. keep in mind that I would make sure i use lots of grease on the tap tool to ensure i get most of the aluminum filling on the tap and not in the pan. Good luck and this should only cost you 1 hour of the shop rate or you can do it your self if you have to. You can loan out the tap tool from Auto Zone and pick up a larger oil pan plug there too. Be safe friend

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NAPA Auto Parts sells 2 types "slightly over-sized", self tapping drain plugs for this problem. NAPA part numbers:704-1909 and 704-1632. One is a single plug with long threads. The other is a dual plug version with a smaller threaded plug in the center. Use the dual plug version as the long, threaded version is too long. The stripped plug size is an M 14/1.5. 2005 Chrysler Pacifica w/3.5L. CAUTION! You must make sure that the new plug is absolutely straight when you begin tapping or the new plug gasket will not seal. Follow the simple rules for tapping any soft metal - 3/4 turn, back out and clear chips. Forcing or rushing this job this will cost you an oil pan replacement. Once the new plug was tapped, I used Locktite on the threads of the outer plug and pipe tape on the threads of the inner plug. Worked perfectly!
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You should be able to go to your local auto parts store and get an oversized drain plug that will cut new threads in the pan for you. I have sold many , many of these for just this same problem. The only trouble that you may run into is if your pan has been repaired before and you can't anything bigger, in that case they do make a rubber expandable type plug that will fit in the hole and get bigger as you tighten it up. If you use this type, I would recomend getting a new one on every oil change.

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There are several things you could try if your desperate. Depending on the the thickness of the material that is still left it might be possible to re-tap the hole to the next size up. Measure the ID of the hole then check your local hardware for a pipe tap that would be suitable. The pipe tap is slightly tapered so when you tap it make sure you only turn the tap in just passed the inside of the hole. Also make sure you can get a drain plug that will work for the size tap you use. Also remember that the seal doesn't really come from the threads so much as from the washer on the plug so it doesn't have to be screwed down tight. Just go slow and steady and make sure you hold the tap a right angle to the hole.
If you have the drain pad off the vehicle you could try to have the hole welded up. Then drill and re-tap it.
A last ditch fix if you were stuck and really needed your car is an expansion plug like what is used when you need to seal up a radiator outlet for testing. Yes it's rubber and not the greatest solution but I have used it in an emergency and it worked. NOT TO BE USED FOR LONG PERIODS.
Wish I could help more.

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