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Changing oil for first time, oil plug stripped. Got new but 1/2" 20 thread doesn't fit, like its too small and then stops turning when it does catch. Called around, this is the correct plug. Any suggestions?

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When you say striped you maen the bolt boss and not the thread in the pan Your best bet is to go the the dealer with the old bolt in hand and they will match it up and make sure you get a new gasket or seal to the whole thing shouldn;t cost you more then 5or 6 dollars

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