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Old 04-04-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Stripped the Oil Drain Threads...

My dumbass decided to be lazy and reuse the crush washer, tightened the drain bolt a tad too much and it started to strip. Went about a 1/4 turn once it started to spin. Would some low strength loctite or something else work to keep the bolt from loosening up and oil leaking out, or should I go ahead and try to find a heli coil kit?
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seems like the last 3 or 4 threads stick up into the pan, so I guess I'd only need to find a heli coil kit long enough for the first 5 or 6 threads?
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:56 PM   #5
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Definitely repair it; the last thing you want is oil on your back tire (except maybe on your front tire). If you don't feel proficient using the kit, get it done professionally -- this is a big safety issue. Locktite should not be used in this situation.
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might need to remove the pan and drill the remaining threads and clean any metal that is created. ask patrick. he always gives good info. or just take it to him.
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may be best to drill and tap for a slightly larger bolt.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:13 AM   #8
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I used RTV on my mustang and VW when this happened, and never had a problem.
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found a used oil pan off a 94 gsxr 1100 that should work for the same price as a heli coil kit. prolly just gonna buy the oil pan
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may be best to drill and tap for a slightly larger bolt.
I've done this with the help of MH Member, Flyin'DUC (Tim at Ellis Performance). I now have a 1/2 standard plug in my metric bike. Over a year of riding street and track without issue.
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My dumbass decided to be lazy and reuse the crush washer, tightened the drain bolt a tad too much and it started to strip. Went about a 1/4 turn once it started to spin. Would some low strength loctite or something else work to keep the bolt from loosening up and oil leaking out, or should I go ahead and try to find a heli coil kit?
Loc-tite!? Man! Might as well throw some JB Weld on there.

Nononononoooo. Don't. Do. That.

You're going to have to get it fixed. Take it to a local machine shop. They should be able to get it repaired cheap enough. You'll have to remove the oil pan but it's not really a big deal. Just a messy job is all.
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suzuki huh? well if its anything like my TLR it is the exact same thread pitch and size as an automotive spark plug. M14 with 1.25 IIRC thread pitch. if so buy a spark plug thread repair kit. got everything u need.
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Try to clean the threads first if some of them are catching.

Otherwise, yes a helicoil does require you to drill and install a larger bolt. If you're not removing the pan put a lot of grease on that drill bit so you can hopefully get all the pieces of metal out and not destroy your engine w the scrap metal going through it..
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What does reusing a crush washer have to do with stripping the first few threads of a bolt? I don't buy a new crush washer when I change my oil and I change it pretty frequently.
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A new crush ring would have felt different but agreed w above.

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I have prolly 2000 in electric/air tools but I only use the impact gun when removing wheels. Everything else I use my 1/4" drive ratchet. Why? I dont strip stuff. Takes a little more effort to break things loose; if I cant, I go up to a stubby 3/8" and up from there.

always start everything by hand.


I say try to clean up the threads and torque it properly; if it holds, you're ok and dodged a bullet. Get a new drain plug.
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Try to clean the threads first if some of them are catching.

Otherwise, yes a helicoil does require you to drill and install a larger bolt. If you're not removing the pan put a lot of grease on that drill bit so you can hopefully get all the pieces of metal out and not destroy your engine w the scrap metal going through it..
heli coil means you can use the same bolt. drill out the hole (most of the time u dont have to if its uber stripped. run the tap thru it, put the helicoil in and then use the original size bolt.

"helicoil" is the peice of coil that you insert between the new threads and O.E. spec bolt.

like i said above what are the specs of your bolt. if its what the spark plug size is then just run to parts store and get the "kit" that has everything in it. if not do the same. find out whatever size it is and get a kit to fix it, be it "helicoil", OEM (thats a company) etc...
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I bought a double over sized plug from napa for about $5.00 and retaped it with the plug then flush with oil.
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heli coil means you can use the same bolt. drill out the hole (most of the time u dont have to if its uber stripped. run the tap thru it, put the helicoil in and then use the original size bolt.

"helicoil" is the peice of coil that you insert between the new threads and O.E. spec bolt.

like i said above what are the specs of your bolt. if its what the spark plug size is then just run to parts store and get the "kit" that has everything in it. if not do the same. find out whatever size it is and get a kit to fix it, be it "helicoil", OEM (thats a company) etc...
You're right Im sorry. I was thinking about redrilling and tappin w a larger bolt but wasnt going to recommend it if he wasnt comfortable doing it. Got my thoughts crossed lol.
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since the pan is gonna have to come off anyways, I'm just gonna buy the one I found for $30 with shipping, same as the helicoil kit
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What does reusing a crush washer have to do with stripping the first few threads of a bolt? I don't buy a new crush washer when I change my oil and I change it pretty frequently.
The last time I changed the oil I reused the crush washer, got it pretty tight and it still leaked a little bit. So I tightened it a little bit more this time.
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