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Rusted oil pan screw

Hi, i recently bought a used tercel 92, and found out the drain bolt in the oil pan is not coming off,guessing it's rusted...tried wd 40 but gave up after several attempts...any suggestions? thanks

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Ooff many things could be done here, I'd start by trying to use more leverage to try and get the bolt free (longer wrench, socket with a power bar). Try using the box end of a wrench and tapping the other end with a hammer. Don't use excessive force or you might break the threads out of the pan. A little heat around the plug (without melting the pan) with a propane torch might also help a bit. If this doesn't work, an impact gun with a socket will probably work (wear old clothes or coveralls because you will get nice and oily on this one, believe me I speak from experience) Sometimes it has to be done.

All this of course will probably work unless some dumb*** welded the plug back on. Sounds kind of funny but a lot of quick oil change places will occasionally strip threads on a plug and then weld it back on the pan, it is done a little bit too commonly...

If you tried everything else and the plug won't come out, or if the plug was welded, you will need to replace the oil pan...

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