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      11-20-2020, 10:06 AM   #1
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I found out during my winter storage oil service that I had stripped my oil pan threads when I performed my last oil service. Seems to be a common problem with soft aluminum oil pans.
Took me about a hour to repair with a steel insert with this kit. Worked like a charm!
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Well done.

Was the cause related to cross-threading the plug when threading it in or perhaps over-tightening?
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Well done.

Was the cause related to cross-threading the plug when threading it in or perhaps over-tightening?
I suspect I applied to much torque on an already weakened set of threads. I used a torque wrench to install the plug last time with the correct torque value but it was not the best quality torque wrench.
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Got it - thank you for the clarity.
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I've never used a torque wrench on the drain plug, I just snug it up with a 3/8" ratchet. Those threads are pretty robust with plenty of them. Do you have an aftermarket drain plug by chance? Good you where able to fix it with a steel insert.
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OEM drain plug but I'm not the first owner. Who knows how much that plug was torqued before I started doing the oil services.
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Well said -

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OEM drain plug but I'm not the first owner. Who knows how much that plug was torqued before I started doing the oil services.
Well said -
I used to take the beloved Red Roadster to a BMW stealership for service and repair.

I began going to a uber-great indi shop and the first time they changed the oil they reported the oil drain plug was SEVERELY over-tightened....

Ain't no cure for dumb.
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