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Is oil pan plug reverse threaded?

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No its not

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How to chain oil pan 2010 ford fusion 2.5 engine Can't get oil plug out?

If your only having a problem with the plug have a machinist work on it, he can remove your stripped bolt by drilling it out, if the pan thread is stripped on an aluminum pan a new helicoil insert can rebuild your pan thread.

Mar 08, 2016 | 2010 Ford Fusion 2.5

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Do you remove the swing arm to remove the oil pan on a 2006 FLHTI Harley Davidson

NO, here is how to do it.

ARE you going to repair/chase a slightly damaged/cross threaded drain plug hole or retap to a different size or install a thread insert. A good thread chaser can be made with a drain plug with a clean single groove cut lengthwise (across/down the threads at 90 degrees to the thread pattern) into the treaded area with a good clean and sharp edged grinding wheel.If you only need to clean up a slight cross thread condition you might get away with doing it without pan removal by greasing up the thread chaser to catch and hold the small metal pieces that may come loose and then repair the threads and then clean out the repaired threaded hole of all grease and particles etc. and suck out with a vacuum BUT if it is more severely damaged than a slight cross thread or you do not have the expertise or special tools to do this or to do it without leaving any metal pieces in the pan etc. then you will be best to remove, repair and then reinstall the pan. The following is how to do that:


Place the motorcycle on a suitable lift. THEN remove the engine oil drain plug, fill plug/dipstick and oil filter and drain the oil. THEN remove the transmission drain plug and drain transmission. THEN remove rear wheel, the left muffler, exhaust crossover pipe and crossover pipe clamp bracket from the transmission. THEN remove the 12 fasteners that secure the oil pan to the transmission. BE SURE that the engine oil fill plug/dipstick is removed before attempting to slide the oil pan rearward or the dipstick will be damaged/broken. THEN slide the oil pan rearward to remove it. THEN remove and discard the oil pan gasket and only if necessary the tapered plug. Then do your repairs.


Clean and examine the transmission and the oil pan flanges and if you removed the tapered plug reinstall it using Loctite Pipe Sealant With Teflon 565 (P/N 99818-97) and tighten it to 18- 22 ft-lbs (24.4-29.8 Nm). THEN apply a thin coat of HYLOMAR gasket sealer to the oil pan flange, place a new gasket on the oil pan flange and wait for the sealer to dry to the tacky point. THEN, if the old oil pan fasteners will be reused apply a few drops of Blue Loctite to them (this is not required with new fasteners as they will have a lock patch applied to them at the factory). THEN position the oil pan with the gasket on the bottom of the transmission and loosely install 6 fasteners. THEN verify that the gasket is properly positioned and tighten the 6 oil pan fasteners to 132-156 in-lbs (14.9-17.6 Nm) Start tightening the oil pan fasteners with the first one at the middle right hand side then the opposing one on the left middle side then the one immediately rearward from it and then the one immediately forward of the first one on the right side then the one immediately rearward of the first one on the right side and then the one immediately forward of the number two one on the left side and then the most rearward one on the left side and then the most forward one on the right side and then the most rearward one on the right side and then the most forward one on the left side and then the rear centre one and then the front centre one. THEN wipe any foreign material from the engine and transmission. THEN check clean the drain plugs, replace the drain plug o-rings, install the plugs and tighten to 14-21 ft-lbs (19.0-28.5 Nm). THEN install the exhaust crossover pipe hanger bracket and tighten its fasteners to 84-132 in-lbs (9.5-14.9 Nm). THEN install the exhaust crossover pipe and left muffler. THEN install the rear wheel. THEN add the proper type and amount of transmission and engine oils and oil filter and check the levels cold and THEN run the engine and check for any possible leaks and THEN check the oil levels hot with the vehicle on level ground resting on its jiffy stand.

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What caused my oil pan to fail

A few things cause the threads for the pan plug to fail. Overtightening, smashed threads on the plug itself, and probably the most common, cheaply made oil pan.

Dec 03, 2012 | 2007 Acura TL Sedan New Cars

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My drain plug in the oil pan appears to be stripped. Turns, turns, & turns. What are my options?

Oil pan replacement is the last option. There are a couple alternatives. Usually, the hole can be re-tapped (new threads cut) and an over-sized plug can be screwed in. This is the preferred method. There are expanding rubber plugs that can be inserted in the hole. These are nice because it doesnt matter how bad the threads are stripped, it will seal. Most auto parts stores have solutions for this type of repair. One thing to pint out - it is not necessary torque these plugs tight. 10 ft-lbs of torque is usually all that is required.

Feb 20, 2011 | Cadillac Catera Cars & Trucks

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I can't get the oil pan drain plug out. is it reverse thread? or is it just extremly tight?

It is definitely not a reverse thread. If anything, i'd say it was overtightened. Use the biggest breaker bar you can find and see if it will work for you. Remember, "Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey" good luck.

Dec 05, 2010 | 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT

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The oil pan nut plug wont tighten down because threads are striped what do i do too fix

Most auto parts stores have a solution for this problem. Explain the situation to them, they will sell you a self-tapping drain plug that cuts new threads. This will replace your OEM drain plug. I have used them several times, they work if directions are followed. These drain plug replacements usually come in 1, 2, and 3 "oversize" sizes. Not difficult to install, not expensive. Good luck.

The dealer would replace the oil pan instead of fixing the threads.

Nov 06, 2010 | 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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My dealer tells me my oil pan threads are wore and i need a new pan is this possible

the story you are getting from the dealership sounds very strange. Contrary to what the dealer states the oil pan threads do not wear out over time or the quantity of oil changes. The oil pan threads will strip (be damaged) if the oil plug is tightened too much (too much torque is applied) when installing the plug.

On all cars and Mitsubushi's I have seen the oil pan plug is sealed from leaking oil with a metal or composite washer. The washer is installed on the plug and seals between the plug head and pan. The treads of the plug do not seal the pan as the washer serves this purpose. In most cases it is recommended this washer be replaced (a dollar or less) with every oil change but most people don’t. Have never seen a car that used only the treads to do the sealing.

It is possible someone has over tightened the plug at least once or many times leading the to the threads being stripped. If all your oil changes were at a dealer, then this damage was done by mechanics at the dealer. The other question is if the same dealer did your changes over a year (how many changes have been done?), why didn’t they bring this up before? Oil pan plugs do not just go bad, the pan threads fail because the plug is over tightened

but yes this is definetly possible in both the sense of the oil dran plug or the bolts that connect the oil pan to the engine block. Now if you mean the bolts that connect the oil pan to the engine block its only possible if the oil pan has been removed and someone put the bolt back in crossthreaded it or over tightened them. It couldnt so much happen from normal vibration, it would be a human error problem. and as for the drain plug that was covered above.
If you need further explanation on this problem please feel free to follow up with a comment and i will assist you from there. If this assisted you please feel free to rate it. Thanks, Midwest-tek

Aug 27, 2010 | 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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What's the easiest way to re-tighten the drain pug after it's been open- it just keeps turning

I assume you are turning the oil plug clockwise? If you have already fully seated the plug (all the way in), and it is still turning, you have either cross threaded and have stripped the plug threads or oil pan threads.
Take the plug back out and look at the both the plug threads and oil pan threads. Are there shiney small metal shavings or new thread markings? If so you will may need to remove the oil pan and those metal shavings, as those shavings could be detrimental to your engine/parts. You could possibly without removing the oil pan, use a small magnet-inserted into the hole, along with a flashlight and small mirror to check your progress, and retract the shavings out of the pan; but there is a chance of missing some.
Unfortunately, you may have to replace the plug (which I would try first $$ wise) and see if that works. If not attempt to tap the pan hole and try the new plug. If not then you are looking at either tapping out the pan hole to a bigger size and buying a bigger plug OR repacing the oil pan. Someone may have over tightened the plug causing this. It is only suppose to be tightened 15-20 ft lbs.
Let me know if this worked, or if you have additional information of questions. Feel free to contact me on!

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Stripped oil pan plug

You should replace the pan. Pan saver plugs are for temporary use only.

Mar 30, 2009 | 1998 Chrysler Concorde

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