Stripped oil drain threads

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By Tbone on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 06:33 am:  View Tbone's Profile Search for other posts by Tbone Edit this post

Ok fellows, get this one... don't be pissed at your wife or life or have a belly full of pints and then go out and change your oil. I did this the other day and stripped the threads of the oil drain hole of external tank. Ooops. S#*+!

I've removed the tank since and am trying to figure out best method for rethreading.

Is a sleeve the way to go or just rethread hole with new fitted drain bolt.

Tips more than welcome. (Oh, I didn't actually have a belly full of pints.)


By Crmc33 on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 07:01 am:  View Crmc33's Profile Search for other posts by Crmc33 Edit this post

'helicoil' insert, or 'timesert' insert, or drill out and fit sleeve n ally weld in place, or second hand tank, or dont fit the oil tank and run it total loss


By Befbever on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 09:45 am:  View Befbever's Profile Search for other posts by Befbever Edit this post

Not a tip, but my dealer changed my oil once and discovered when removing the tank drain plug that the inner thread had gone. He fitted a new external tank right then and there and under warranty.

This won't be of any help, but now you know why I don't do oil changes myself.  

By Litre1 on Sunday, September 22, 2002 - 02:25 pm:  View Litre1's Profile Search for other posts by Litre1 Edit this post

Unfortunately, been there, done that!

I tapped new threads and have a larder size bolt in place now. It seems to work fine. At first, I had a drip. But I used a thin strip of kevlar tape (plumbers tape) around the threads at the head of the bolt to stop it. I've changed the oil once since then, and everything seems to be holding up. I figured I would go with the cheap fix first, and pay more if it didn't work.

A little tip: buy a bolt and tap that has the most threads per inch to get more surface area to block the drain hole. 

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