On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:18:01 PM UTC-7, badtiming22 wrote:
I believe the Toyota drain plug is a 12mm thread. I would first check fo
r a self tapping drain plug that is slightly oversized and cuts its own thr
eads into the pan. Always change the gasket seal on the plug when you chan
ge oil so you don't have to tighten it too much and strip it again. If a s
elf tapping drain plug isn't available you could get a 14mm plug and tap of
the same thread pitch and try enlarging the hole in your original pan. Ei
ther would be a lot easier than swapping the pan and then if that didn't wo
rk you could swap the pan. Another option would be to get one of the piggy
back plugs that you thread in and leave. The plug has a smaller bolt in i
t. You could epoxy in the outer plug that wouldn't have to come out again.
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The reason it takes so long to change the oil pan is you have either pull t
he cross member under the engine or raise up the ending in order to slip th
e oil pan out from under the engine because of the oil pump pickup going do
wn into the pan.
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