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Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads #4604738
12/15/17 06:25 PM
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I was looking around on one of my Ford truck websites and came across this quick fix. I don't know how to react to it because I have never seen the outcome of the process. If it actually works and NEVER leaks, than this IS the best thing to come along since sliced bread! Opinions?

https://youtu.be/hfaCI3jmdCM

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604750
12/15/17 06:48 PM
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I thought to myself “maybe” until I saw the plug is magnetic at the end.

Nope, no way, not gonna happen.

As a buddy of mine once told me “a cross thread is a tight thread” laugh


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
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Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604757
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Cross threading is the poor man's Loctite!


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Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604773
12/15/17 07:14 PM
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Helicoil repair in an aluminum pan


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604793
12/15/17 07:36 PM
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BlueOvalFitter Offline OP
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The person that had the oil pan with the bad threads has an engine the same as mine (His was an 06 4.2 V6, 2 WD). I suggested to him to just pull the oil pan and replace it. When my cousin fixed the oil leak on my pan he had no problems pulling the pan at all. No engine jacking and no cross members to remove.

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604841
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I don't like it. I don't like the looks of that giant behemoth sticking out of the oil pan with the exposed threads and the epoxy goop that looks like plumber's putty showing. This product is obviously marketed to the consumer who is scared to death of traditional thread repair systems. I could've easily repaired that oil pan and you would've never known it was repaired.

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604955
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If this was me doing my own repair at home, I think it would be fine. Not a fan of a magnetic plug, but if it saves me an oil pan, or even buys me time to plan the job out, I would be ok with it.

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4604972
12/15/17 11:27 PM
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Don't they sell kits where you can literally drill/tap to the next size? Seems like that would be a cleaner and more straight forward fix.

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: Reddy45] #4605027
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Don't they sell kits where you can literally drill/tap to the next size? Seems like that would be a cleaner and more straight forward fix.


They sell oversized drain plugs that cut their own threads; that's one other option.

Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4605061
12/16/17 03:09 AM
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Self-tapping oil-drain port insert? Bit clunky, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Looks like the oil won't drain as well after installation.

I'm guessing a lot of y'all would insist on a torque wrench setting for installing it though, and then you'll break it.

I wouldn't ever use bare fingers on anything labelled "epoxy" either. You can get very badly sensitised to that stuff.

Last edited by Ducked; 12/16/17 03:11 AM.
Re: Repairing Aluminum Oil Pans Threads [Re: CT8] #4605119
12/16/17 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted By: CT8
Helicoil repair in an aluminum pan


Helicoils don't do well in this environment, they are better suited to static fasteners that are not frequently removed.
For this job a Time Sert is recommended, its permanent, sits flush so the regular size drain bolt washer seals properly and has no tang that needs to be broken off.
The initial investment is more but if its a one time fix you can sell the kit on ebay.


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