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1991 Mazda Protege Question: oil pan drain plug

 

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anitahayes, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Laguna Hills, CA, February 05, 2011, 12:05
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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

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    Visitor, February 06, 2011, 07:45

    Get an oversized plug for replacement or go to a shop that can advise on repair.

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    Visitor, February 06, 2011, 07:57

    THANKS GOOD ADVICE,
    I WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER SHOP WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.

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    paulsjapanese from Paul's Japanese Auto Repair & The Brake Stop, February 07, 2011, 09:36
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    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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