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Have any of you had any problems with the plug hole threads on 2nd gen oil pans being stripped? My neighbor (a Chrysler mechanic) says he has seen it before because of the all-Aluminum engine. I'm suspecting the Jiffy Lube guys might have used an air tool on the plug or something. I think I'll be changing my own oil from now on. I'm curious if any of you have had similar problems. Thanks!
 

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yep, its happened to my car.
my mechanic tapped a new oil plug for me. the dealer said they would replace the pan if i so chose but i chose not to. i know this way that the engine doesnt leak and has less chance of leaking than if i had replaced the pan. fit n finish issues and all that jazz. that and they replace the pan with the exact same thing so its bound to happen again. the local dealer knows ive had the problem and they told me im not the first so they know its an issue.
 

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It happened to me too.
I was at Valvoline at the same time as a '00 Trep and the manager there showed me both bolts and you could see where the aluminum had come off. He said it likely to happen no matter how slow they took them out and that most of the Intrepids serviced by them had to have toggle plugs installed. (Kind of like a high-pressure tub stopper). As long as it doesn't leak (which it hasn't yet) - I'm okay with it.
 

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Folks!

I am offering to repair your oil pan with a heli-coil for my cost which is about $10 plus my cost of shipping to you. I have just completed my first 2.7 pan and have it ready to ship. I am using a helicoil insert.

I need a donor 3.5L pan. If anyone has one to donate I appreciate it.

Here is how it works. You let me know you need a pan. You pay me $10 plus shipping plus a $50 core charge. When I receive your CLEAN, REPAIRABLE pan back I will credit the $50 core charge back to you.

CLEAN means no dripping oil, it does not need to be perfect.

I prefer PayPal for all transactions. I may elect to add extra charges if you do not use PayPal.

Thanks go out to Bill Putney for donating the 2.7L pan to start the program.
 
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