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I have two stripped threads on my tranny pan, and am contemplating using heli-coils to repair the threads.

Would it make sense to remove the pan, and tap the bolt holes in the tranny, and insert the heli-coils in the tranny bolt holes, rather than the pan? I would think that the most important threads would be in the tranny bolt holes, to hold the bolts in place.

If I put the pan back on and then tap it and insert the heli-coils, I wonder if the heli-coils would be deep enough to extend into the tranny. And if they are, wouldn’t inserting them this way cause problems the next time I do a pan drop?

Hopefully this makes sense. Thanks.

'96 3.3.
 

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To properly install heli-coils in the transmission you will have to remove the pan. The heli-coils should be BELOW the flush surface of the transmission. The pan has no threads on it and if you attempt to install the heli-coil thru the pan, it will never tighten up.
 
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