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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-11-2007, 05:27 PM
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Oilpan Leak! Help

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The previous owner of my 325i stripped the threads off the oil pan bolt and replaced it with aftermarket parts... was wondering if anyone knows if there is a way to fix it... it constantly drips oil and i cant tighten it anymore... if not any suggestions on where to find a new oilpan that i dont have to pay full price for?

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Old 01-11-2007, 07:08 PM
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Hey,

The previous owner of my 325i stripped the threads off the oil pan bolt and replaced it with aftermarket parts... was wondering if anyone knows if there is a way to fix it... it constantly drips oil and i cant tighten it anymore... if not any suggestions on where to find a new oilpan that i dont have to pay full price for?

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This is kinda tricky. For one you don't really want to go tapping threads on a pan on the engine for risk of shavings, then again it seems extreme to go through an oil pan swap for a strippped drain plug. I honestly would try to *flamesuit on* put silicone on the threads *suit off*. Just makes for timely oil changes.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:16 PM
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Either that or gasket maker, which is very similar but made for engine conditions. As soon as you get a chance, you should take the pan off and re-tap it for a new plug and nip the problem in the bud.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:21 PM
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Helicoil anyone? I'm sure that one IS available.
Check google for helicoil manufacturers.
Consult a machine shop to find out the pitch of those theads and the threads per millimeter.
Check check...roger dodger,, 10-4 Rubber duck...
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Old 01-13-2007, 05:14 PM
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It looks like the threads are shot and the idiot that owned the car before me put a counter-pressure rod attached to the bolt so that the bolt doesnt even come all the way out.. looks like i bent the rod trying to get it out... gona have to get a whole new pan... any ideas where to find?
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I honestly would try to *flamesuit on* put silicone on the threads *suit off*.
There are a whole bunch of solutions proposed in these from the VERY best of E39 Links threads:
- How to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)

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junkyard YAY
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Old 01-14-2007, 05:52 AM
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:59 AM
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i've seen a rubber plug used with no leakage. also a rubber expanding plug. try a hardware store... ace, true value, etc.
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