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Old 09-27-2019, 04:54 PM   #1
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stripped oil drain treads !!!help

hey guys Im a newbie here,
I just purchased a 2001 boxster I was doing the oil change it felt as the plug was overtighten wen I was removing it , able to remove it however now not able to tighten down the plug
it seem loose . even tried a magnetic plug form LN engineering still loose not able to tighten down keeps leaking oil any ideas greatly appreciate it ?

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Old 09-27-2019, 05:10 PM   #2
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Buy a new oil pan and swap it. Best advice I can give you.
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Old 09-27-2019, 05:22 PM   #3
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hey guys Im a newbie here,
I just purchased a 2001 boxster I was doing the oil change it felt as the plug was overtighten wen I was removing it , able to remove it however now not able to tighten down the plug
it seem loose . even tried a magnetic plug form LN engineering still loose not able to tighten down keeps leaking oil any ideas greatly appreciate it ?
Go to an auto parts store... explain the problem... they'll have a product to fix that error. l Bet you under $15.

If that doesn't work... different pan.
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Old 09-27-2019, 05:41 PM   #4
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thanks starter086 didn't think of that ! ill call an autoparts store.
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:00 PM   #5
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try some Teflon plumbers tape on the drain plug see if that works.
If that doesn't work JB weld the drain hole and re tap it.
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:31 PM   #6
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It’s a lot easier and safer to just replace the sump plate, guys.

Think about it: would you want a repair to fail on the road, dropping your oil plug?
By the time you realize it, the engine is toast.

Snag a used one from here or eBay if new cost is too high for you: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Oil-Pan-Fits-97-04-06-PORSCHE-BOXSTER-341420/333009416776?

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Old 09-27-2019, 07:18 PM   #7
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hey guys Im a newbie here,

I just purchased a 2001 boxster I was doing the oil change it felt as the plug was overtighten wen I was removing it , able to remove it however now not able to tighten down the plug

it seem loose . even tried a magnetic plug form LN engineering still loose not able to tighten down keeps leaking oil any ideas greatly appreciate it ?
Are you using a crush washer on it?

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Old 09-27-2019, 07:21 PM   #8
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Are you using a crush washer on it?

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I also wondered this...
And once you get a crush washer, don't 'gorilla' tighten the plug.
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Torque for the oil plug is 37 ft/lbs, or 50nM, which is barely more than hand tight.
And if you have to loosen the plug for any reason, replace the crush washer.
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Torque for the oil plug is 37 ft/lbs, or 50nM, which is barely more than hand tight.
And if you have to loosen the plug for any reason, replace the crush washer.
37ft lbs is a lot more than hand tight. Hand tight is about 10ft lbs
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guys I m not able to tighten the plug at all it feels as the treads are loose always !!.

has any body ever heard of ECO plug ? if so what are your thoughts on it
as far as getting a used sump plate I could - last resource new gaskets kits too its adding up...


work done or process of getting it : replaced spark plugs , all filters including fuel filter and big One process of replacing the top !!
rear window was messed up it is a job to say the least !
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37ft lbs is a lot more than hand tight. Hand tight is about 10ft lbs
You're right, I was confusing the plug with the oil filter.

To respond to OP's original question, jaimster, I would seriously consider replacing the sump plate, the second best solution in my opinion would be to re-tap the drain opening for a larger plug, in both cases you probably have to remove the plate, so replacing it makes the most sense to me. I would avoid more temporary solutions. You don't want a leaking/loose plug that could allow you to lose all of your oil and destroy the engine. I haven't heard of the ECO plug, but I think this is one of those issues you will have to deal with properly eventually.
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hey guys Im a newbie here,
I just purchased a 2001 boxster I was doing the oil change it felt as the plug was overtighten wen I was removing it , able to remove it however now not able to tighten down the plug
it seem loose . even tried a magnetic plug form LN engineering still loose not able to tighten down keeps leaking oil any ideas greatly appreciate it ?
Just get another pan. I replaced my engine (also an 01) a couple of years ago. Didn't think of harvesting the old one (), if I had one, I'd give it to you. Bet there's lots of us with old engines that would (I recycled mine.) Maybe I'll start a list of stuff to harvest from old engines.

Always use a new crush washer, btw. Amazon sells aluminum or brass ones for pretty cheap. You buy 10. 1 to use, 9 to lose.
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:43 AM   #14
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Always use a new crush washer, btw. Amazon sells aluminum or brass ones for pretty cheap. You buy 10. 1 to use, 9 to lose.
Hahaha, ain't THAT the truth!

Brian, start that list, 'cuz I've got a motor here I need to break down.

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Dood, do it right.
If you've got a week or so to wait on me, I'll send you one for free. I'l even include half a tube of that nitrile crap that LN sends with their kits. (There is no gasket, this stuff IS thr gasket. 1/2 tube should be plenty for you, because 1/2 a tube is what I used. Hence, 1/2 tube left over, Haha)



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guys I m not able to tighten the plug at all it feels as the treads are loose always !!.

has any body ever heard of ECO plug ? if so what are your thoughts on it
as far as getting a used sump plate I could - last resource new gaskets kits too its adding up...


work done or process of getting it : replaced spark plugs , all filters including fuel filter and big One process of replacing the top !!
rear window was messed up it is a job to say the least !
The good news is when you buy a Boxster one of the 1st things you should do is remove the sump plate to see what is in there. You should buy a LN magnetic drain plug for it to. I have a extra sump plate for sale too.
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you guys are right ! BYprodriver u said u have one for sale 1 how much do you want for it and will it work for 1 2.7
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you guys are right ! BYprodriver u said u have one for sale 1 how much do you want for it and will it work for 1 2.7
What the...... have I pissed everyone here off so much that you'd rather BUY one from BYP, than accept a FREE one WITH ADHESIVE, from me?

Pffft..... maybe I'll just take my ball and go home then! Haha

Whatev'..... ?

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The good news is when you buy a Boxster one of the 1st things you should do is remove the sump plate to see what is in there. You should buy a LN magnetic drain plug for it to. I have a extra sump plate for sale too.
$60 shipped to TX, it's clean ready to install it will fit a 2.7
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Maybe I'll start a list of stuff to harvest from old engines.

Please do! I have a take-out garbage 2001 3.2 with lots of what I feel are re-usable parts. Would love to re-purpose rather than throw away/recycle them. I do need to keep a few things for the transplant LS engine such as coolant temperature, compartment temperature sensor, etc. Let me know what you need folks and I'll see what I can do. Small payment would be appreciated but a list of the desirable parts would be awesome! Would love to help someone out if we can make it work.
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Don't over seal the pan when you put it back on. IIRC, it is supposed to be a very thin line of sealant 2MM? Too much ends up in the pan and eventually clogging things up.

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