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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-16-2005, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So the dorks at a local lube shop put my oil drain plug in too tight and stripped out the pan.....now I'm trying to find a oversized repair plug to fix it and checker or autozone don't carry it...and I live hours away from any BMW shop...

Where could I find a repair plug? I can't find it online so maybe I'm not calling it the right name....

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So the dorks at a local lube shop put my oil drain plug in too tight and stripped out the pan.....now I'm trying to find a oversized repair plug to fix it and checker or autozone don't carry it...and I live hours away from any BMW shop...

Where could I find a repair plug? I can't find it online so maybe I'm not calling it the right name....

help?
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are you SURE its the pan thats stripped and not the bolt? the bolt breaks more often then the pan.


if you need to re-tap the pan use a US standard 1/2" -20 tap, its the equivalent to 12.7mm which should be just enough to re-thread the pan. A 1/2 drain plug should be readily available anywhere..

If you want to stay metric you can drill and tap it using a m13x1.5 tap and buy a m13x1.5 bolt from homedepot, buy the tap from harbor freight tools.
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are you SURE its the pan thats stripped and not the bolt? the bolt breaks more often then the pan.


if you need to re-tap the pan use a US standard 1/2" -20 tap, its the equivalent to 12.7mm which should be just enough to re-thread the pan. A 1/2 drain plug should be readily available anywhere..

If you want to stay metric you can drill and tap it using a m13x1.5 tap and buy a m13x1.5 bolt from homedepot, buy the tap from harbor freight tools.




Nukeduster is correct (AS USUAL) however, I will just add a word of warning... If you DO tap the pan, MAKE SURE TO CLEAN OUT ALL SHAVINGS!!! Get a good rare earth magnet, stick it to something like a coat hanger or the like (something that you can bend at 90 degrees to get inside the pan after you have tapped it) and let that bugger pick up the big stuff, then go back and stick a rag around your finger, and wipe the area around the hole clean, inside and out!!

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or just flush them out by pouring the used oil you just drained through the oil fill port while the drain plug is still off and it will flush the shavings out.

if you have some small ones still in there I wouldnt worry too much, thats what the oil pickup screen and oil filters are for, so things that accumulate in the pan dont get picked up into the galleys.
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or just flush them out by pouring the used oil you just drained through the oil fill port while the drain plug is still off and it will flush the shavings out.

if you have some small ones still in there I wouldnt worry too much, thats what the oil pickup screen and oil filters are for, so things that accumulate in the pan dont get picked up into the galleys.
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