2004 Mazda Tribute Q&A
2004 Mazda Tribute Question: Shop responsible to replace oil drain plug?
Per shop manager, employee stripped threads on oil drain plug. Universal plug installed w/o my prior knowledge. Returned to another franchise location for oil change 02/14/2011. Upon pick-up of auto, informed universal plug reinstalled and no leaking. W/in hours, oil dripping. - Visitor
Hard to really say. I would place the "blame" on the original shop that installed the "universal" drain plug. However, it's anyone's guess if it was a blatant error or wear related. - DaveJHM
I have the very same problem and was told that they can Tap the threads on the drain pan plug, some auto repair shops over tighten the drain plug and it strips the threads, usually no universal drain plug works if there is no threads left or not much at all, so it's best to have the shop that damaged the drain plug by tapping the threads or installing a new oil pan. I was told by my mechanic that they possibly could just tap the oil pan and it would be okay as long as it is not too badly damaged.Had my mechanic tap the oil pan drain plug and now it is like new again, no leaks and I can now resume changing my own oil and no more metal grindings coming out in the oil changes, as we thought they had stripped the threads on the oil pan. - angel2485