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2001 RT--aftermarket drain plug

WE have an original owner RT--it is an 2001 intrepid--we try to keep it mint -jan of this year i had the oil changed as usual at a VALVOLINE center back in CT--and they have been doing my oil changes every 3k--as we were in a hurry because of an upcoming move to WV-i did not recheck their work like i always do --well long story short-i went to change the oil myself as i have not really found a place yet to do it --and the stock drain plug was replaced with an aftermarket DORMAN HELP plug -( wanted to enclose a picture-but can not find a way)(THINK I FOUND A WAY TO ATTACH) but it is the one that says hand tighten only and looks like they got the idea from a wing clip that is used in sheet rock --has anyone had any experience with this type plug !!--looks fail safe --but i am beyond pissed at the center for not telling me that they strpped the hole and more so at coperate for not responding to my e-mails--i really would feel a little more secure if some one has had some experience with this replacement drain plug --thanks --buzzy--
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they are only really intended for temporary use. unfortuneatly only true fix is to replace the oil pan if its threads in fact are stripped out.
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holy hell that's unbelievable! That'd be why I change my own oil!
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I would change my own oil --might as well as i always double check their work--but i was working all the time --this car is the nicest car i ever owned --they get a bad rap because some people try to screw you --like i had a front end wobble--two shops said oh yea --bad rack 2 k please --they all do it --took a look myself--bad inner tie rod --fixed it myself -same with the clock -- spring --they all do it !!--the dealer at a service had stuffed it with grease !!--you always know when a car is too good --they stop making it !!!--buzzy
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Yeah buzzy, it sucks that they did that. That Valvoline center probably has a stockroom full of those stoppers.

You might be able to get an oversized self tapping drainplug. I would be surprised if no one here has a specific part number as often as quickie lube places strip the drain plug holes in our cars.

As a final measure, you could get a replacment oil pan.
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or,, you could find a GOOD shop, and have them put a heli coil in the pan , ro replace the stripped threads,,

Valvoline totally blows down here, we fix 2-3 drain pans a week from them
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THANKS--i have a master kit and lots of heli coil stuff--my brother used to work for them --myself i have always been a little scared to use them this way ---i just retired and now i have time to look at things myself--if there is enough metal (alloy) for a good tap--that may be the way i go --i was so pissed when i seen this and more so now that i can not get a reply from coperate--that i have not had time to really take a good look --i just wished that they had told me when they did it --as i could have made the necessary moves then --tough after the fact --sitting in the back of my head is that it may not be stripped --just that they some how lost the thing and as it is metric--when i drop the oil the next time i will have an oem plug and see--only trouble is that i have to wreck the one they put in --in order to get it out--it does almost look like a fail safe setup --but by no means right !!! and when i get all the paper work from all their services and still no reply from their coperate --will turn it all over to the dealers & repair div. for the state of CT--they do not take this stuff with a grain of salt--all could have been avioded if they just told me --and myself is at fault for not looking at the work BEFORE i left--the one time i let it slide it bites me in the ass !!!--thanks for the reply --buzzy
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or,, you could find a GOOD shop, and have them put a heli coil in the pan , ro replace the stripped threads,,

Valvoline totally blows down here, we fix 2-3 drain pans a week from them
do those customers learn their lesson? i would sure hope so
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just a heads up,, if you do the heli coil,, make sure you get some , oh say 2-3 ouarts of oil and pour it thou the engine before putting the drain plug in,, flush out any metal chips that may happen when you tap the pan,,
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RIGHT ON--i have a good collection of vintage dirt bikes from the 70s so a helicoil is no stranger --what we do--and have done for years is always put heavy wheel bearing grease on the tap itself -this gets some and the oil run though will get the rest --gotta look and see how big of a deal it is to drop the pan ---car is worthy of top shelf treatment !!!! thanks --buzzy
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RIGHT ON--i have a good collection of vintage dirt bikes from the 70s so a helicoil is no stranger --what we do--and have done for years is always put heavy wheel bearing grease on the tap itself -this gets some and the oil run though will get the rest --gotta look and see how big of a deal it is to drop the pan ---car is worthy of top shelf treatment !!!! thanks --buzzy
i knew you had something to do with dirt bikes or quads when i saw your name
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yea been at it for 43 years--and have a race this weekend--!!! we have some great sites to exchange info about our bikes and to help out others--just like this site --always open for ideas--thanks--buzzy
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cool, i have a suzuki my self. good luck in your race
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due yourself a favor and install a Fumoto http://www.qwikvalve.com/home.php




I like the nipple model....tube right into a jug

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THANKS--i was looking at these--but the RT is real low and a lot of back roads here --well are more like log trails--think i am just gonna get a new pan and stay stock --and thanks for your time to post this info --they are great in most applications--!!!--buzzy
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