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How to repair stripped out drain plug threads – Auto Repair Chat

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In this video I repair a stripped out oil pan drain plug threads. This example is on a Honda 3.5 and it is a semi-common repair in the sjop. I use a Time-Sert kit and in my opinion they are one of the best kits on the market. -Enjoy!
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47 thoughts on “How to repair stripped out drain plug threads”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Hill says:

    it is a bad design all aluminum pan but i think every one of those striped bolts that came out with the thread attached had somebody who way overtightened it on the previous oil change

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arnold's Design says:

    Do you know how to get the stripped plug out? The ahole who did the last oil change put the plug in so tight that the crush washer was squeezed paper thin and out the sides, and could be torn off by hand. The bolt just spins and won't back out. I'm a machinist and have removed many screwed up bolt threads, but I can't put this thing on the mill.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan P says:

    Every Ford ranger I've owned had an aluminum oil pan and I've never had that problem. It is the rush rush oil change shop's. The drain bolt only needs 20 Ft lbs, not some meathead trying to do on arm pull ups on the wrench handle.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sue west says:

    I have a 2009 journey with a stripped oil pan plug it keeps turning please let know how to get off the oil pan

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sue west says:

    I need to get the oil plug off then I'll rethead but how do you get plug off

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sue west says:

    How do you get the plug out it's stripped I really need help

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars K says:

    Nice video but what the heck is a HANDU? ๐Ÿคฃ

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ricardo Diaz says:

    Should put grease on drill bit and tap,this will pick up metal filings and not let them get into oil pan

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark A says:

    Great video.. Question – In the video you used the 12.7 mm inserts.. Why not use the 9.4mm inserts for the Hondas that came with the 1415c kit?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daryl Sparks - Sparks Automotive says:

    have not been tasked with such a repair on drain pans as of yet but got a call on a 2010 Chrysler 300.. it has "the big 3.5 liter" in it.. Chrysler wants a stack.. uhh, that's a $1,000. Say it's rusted out but isn't that an al-you-men-e-um pan as well?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Rhoads says:

    Sir how get ole one out oil pan ????/please let me know thanks sir

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars maldo grid says:

    Did did job. Still leaking any ideas ?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Brosius says:

    If you put grease on drill it will hold all metal to drill bit, not allowing metal to get into oil pan

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DamonCrowFeather says:

    My daughters car had this problem, from over-torque of the drain bolt. I just removed the pan, and did a drill and tap to a larger drain bolt. I really didn't even know, this type of fix was out there.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Almeida says:

    Is this kit only for Honda..

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Whisman says:

    Antiseize compound should save the softest threads.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Robertson says:

    I have a Time Sert spark plug repair kit. Would that also work?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars scorpio9578 says:

    What firm make this Hong Doo vehicle?
    And it's hell I coil, not heelocole

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frankish says:

    I know this is an old video but my "repair" consisted of a spark plug helicoil insert which is M14*1.25mm (drain plug was M14*1.5mm). I then knocked out the center of an old sparkplug and welded up the resulting hole. Works great. I probably would do it on my new Hondu Passport though..:)

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DAMRGHOST says:

    For anyone wondering why this is so common on "Hondoo" well a big mistake people make is not replacing the aluminum crush washer ( with the correct aluminum crusher washer ) EVERYTIME !! if the washer is already crushed and you tighten the plug it puts lots of stress on the weak aluminum pan threads ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zoran S says:

    Just hammer in the new plug like they do at jiffy lube.. no need for fancy tools.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jerome.cottone1@gmail.com says:

    Fortunately, I haven't run into the corroded thread problem on an oil drain plug… probably the aluminum interacting with the steel over time… would you recommend pulling some oil or anti-seize on the plug before inserting it on an aluminum pan to prevent it?

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Erik DeTar says:

    I use a vac pump an stick it down the dip stick hole so you do not have to mess with anything

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Powell says:

    i tapped to a mm plug

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffery Powell says:

    walmat striped drain plug on my s10 asses used an inpack wrench on it said they set the tork on it said there trained to do that they refused to fix it

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ogarza3 says:

    What do you do about all the shavings?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Siera Parker says:

    Can I do the same process for a transmission fill plug?

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Constant says:

    Another great video, just found this one. I think another guide sleeve for the initial reamer, like the one for the tap, would make it easier to keep the pilot hole square to the seat.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jakeman777 says:

    The fastest wrencher around.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars babaganoosh555 says:

    Again, showing us what a real mechanic does instead of taking the easy way out…
    Love your work ๐Ÿ‘

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Mottert says:

    nice fix, good job

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David M says:

    At $145 for the kit, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sjwoodruff says:

    That Honduu aluminium, man…

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oldschool Dude says:

    The absolute worst honda to deal with this because of next to no clearance. Unless the threads are destroyed, a 14ร—1.5 Mercedes plug with viton gasket works great. Single oversized like what was in it with same gasket works too. Usually the first half of the threads are jacked and the very long mercedes plug allows you to grab the back half easily. Just cant have an idiot get ahold of it and crush the plug on. Reason its stripped to begin with. Aluminum pans require much longer plugs than a steel. I've seen many times where a short steel plug was in an aluminum pan. Quick way to pull threads.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Keenom says:

    18 ft lb on the drain plug

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rich's Mobile Auto Repair says:

    The " reamer " isnt a reamer.

    It doesnt remove material.

    You said it.

    It expands the inner tapered portion on the insert outward to lock it into place in the pan.

    They are awesome.

    If Honda did this from the factory
    He wouldnt get to sell the job.

    Then no need to make this video.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dougie did it says:

    Grease on the bit would of caught the shavings

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Mann says:

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