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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:13 PM
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Leaking Oil Pan Drain Plug

Hi, does anyone know of a DIY fix for a leaking oil pan drain plug? wife took the car to get oil changed and after a few days i noticed droppings on the driveway. I took the car back but they CLAIM that's the way it came in... liarssssss!
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:16 PM
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They probably did not replace the washer. Remove the plug and check to see if it has a washer on it. Other than that I don't know why it would be leaking.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:18 PM
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I think it's cross-threaded... is there a way I could re-thread it?

thanks for the quick reply
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:24 PM
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That I do not know. I suggest just going to your nearest dealer and getting a new one. Should be pretty cheap.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:26 PM
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I thought about doing that, but I'm thinking the threads on the oil pan are screwed up.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:38 PM
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I think it's cross-threaded... is there a way I could re-thread it?

thanks for the quick reply
Huh..why am I not suprised. I've had a few friends that have had issues with the oil change stations and the staff that performs the oil change job not doing a profesional job.

My suggestion is to open the oil pan plug. Drain the oil...you can keep the filter in place since its new.

Get a tap and die set and chase the threads on tha pan, but !!! Heres the kicker
Acquire a new oil drain plug(stock size/exact replacement oil pan plug) because many of the stripped oil pan bolt thread fixes involve an increased size in oil pan bolts which subsequently ream open the oil pan hole by cutting new threads. If this would happen later on, the next increased size of plugs will be used.. and on and on until there is not another "bigger" oil pan bolt thread which then requires you drop the oil pan itself and replace it.

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:44 PM
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Find a CL ad parting out an e36 and take that oil pan.

Shouldn't be that expensive or hard of a job.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:00 PM
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Huh..why am I not suprised. I've had a few friends that have had issues with the oil change stations and the staff that performs the oil change job not doing a profesional job.

My suggestion is to open the oil pan plug. Drain the oil...you can keep the filter in place since its new.

Get a tap and die set and chase the threads on tha pan, but !!! Heres the kicker
Acquire a new oil drain plug(stock size/exact replacement oil pan plug) because many of the stripped oil pan bolt thread fixes involve an increased size in oil pan bolts which subsequently ream open the oil pan hole by cutting new threads. If this would happen later on, the next increased size of plugs will be used.. and on and on until there is not another "bigger" oil pan bolt thread which then requires you drop the oil pan itself and replace it.

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Thanks stlbwm, this fix sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. I'll pickup a tap and die set on the way home and tackle this tomorrow (if this south florida weather will ever warm up.. it was 40 this AM, brrrr)
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:02 PM
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Find a CL ad parting out an e36 and take that oil pan.

Shouldn't be that expensive or hard of a job.
That's what I had in mind but wanted to see if you guru's had a fix, and I think I've found one with the suggestion from stlbwm.


thanks ALL for you input
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You can also go to a parts store and see if they have a helicoil (Heal Lee Coil).
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:10 PM
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I've never heard of a helicoil so I looked it up and youtube and was very impressed. I appreciate the advice, if the tap and die does not work I have other options.

Thank you!
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You need to go back to that oil place and have them buy you a new oil pan. E36 pans are aluminum are strip out very easily if you get some clumsy mook torquing your drain plug back down with an impact gun. (and apparently forgetting the crush ring as well)
They are responsible for damages that they did to your car.
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it was 40 this AM, brrrr)
enjoyed this temp today...spring is in the air, and them termites are already swarmin!!!!


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Old 03-06-2010, 10:32 PM
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You need to go back to that oil place and have them buy you a new oil pan. E36 pans are aluminum are strip out very easily if you get some clumsy mook torquing your drain plug back down with an impact gun. (and apparently forgetting the crush ring as well)
They are responsible for damages that they did to your car.
I've tried that, they're denying they caused the damage... they've lost a customer (and many more after I spread the word).
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