1991 Mazda Protege Q&A

1991 Mazda Protege Question: oil pan drain plug

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 -
Answer 1
Get an oversized plug for replacement or go to a shop that can advise on repair. -
Comment 1
THANKS GOOD ADVICE, I WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER SHOP WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM. -
Answer 2
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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