oil pan drain plug on 1991 Mazda Protege

PLUG HAS BEEN LEAKING FOR ALONG TIME. I DONT WANT TO CHANGE THE OIL PAN, CAN I PUT TEFLON TAPE ON THE THREAD? THE THREAD MAY BE STRIPPED CAN PAN BE SAVED? ANITA

by in Laguna Hills, CA on February 05, 2011
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on February 06, 2011
Get an oversized plug for replacement or go to a shop that can advise on repair.
COMMENT by on February 06, 2011
THANKS GOOD ADVICE, I WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER SHOP WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.
ANSWER by on February 07, 2011
If the pan could be saved would depend on condition of threads. If plug is stripped, a plug replacement would be all thats needed. An oversize plug may work to recut the threads, but that is seen as a temporary fix. Vehicle may need a new oil pan.
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