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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:49 PM   #61
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Check, I got a quote for approx 200-240 for the entire job, what do you think? (On base, Army operated shop)
Is that including parts or just labor?

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:58 PM   #62
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Labor.

in process of acquiring Oil pan $ =?

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #63
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As a labour price, that's more than fair, I say go for it if you aren't up to the job yourself.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #64
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If you trust the mechanics to work on your car i would say that sounds really reasonable.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #65
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How to remove a spinning bolt if you are lucky

Spinning bolts anywhere stink. This may get the bolt out if you are lucky, especially if Flash is correct and the bolt head is indeed broken and held by a few maybe damaged threads. Take a really small thin flat screw driver, and jam the blade under the head of the bolt and the washer. This cause the outward force required to back the bolt out. Use a small hammer and really wedge the blade between the head of the bolt and the washer. Then gently/slowly (counter clockwise) try to unscrew the bolt using a box wrench. If you are lucky the bolt will catch and back out. Or it may only move out slightly. Re-wedge and keep trying. Move up to a thicker blade eventually it may back out for you. Once you get it out you may have some options. Heli-coils, tap and die new treads etc, as suggested in some of the other responses.

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Old 11-20-2012, 03:17 PM   #66
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don't get taken advantage like this bmw owner
http://www.auto-facts.org/broken-oil-drain-plug.html

one shopped quote him $400 to extract the broken bolt. another shop wanted $1700 to replace the drain pan.

plug is hollow and is design to fracture/break when is over torque. the reason why your drain plug is SPINNING FREELY is because it is broken/fracture and NOT because it or the hole is stripped.

Think outside the box and don't assume like everyone else on this thread.

you can thank me later by simply telling everyone that I am right.

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Remove the plug. The hex head piece will come off. This will leave the hollow thread.

Use an L shape Allen key. Hammer in the Allen key into the hollow drain plug. Use the other end of the Allen key to twist and remove the broken plug.

This will take u less than 5 mins.
U sound like a bit of an a$$. Talking ab us assuming and having no experience. I have experience in the issue and you are wrong for me. my drain hole was stripped. plug was fine.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #67
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U sound like a bit of an a$$. Talking ab us assuming and having no experience. I have experience in the issue and you are wrong for me. my drain hole was stripped. plug was fine.
Yes and after the OP waste his money on a new oil pan and extraction then I will post a video of how it is virtually impossible to strip an e46 engine oil pan with an oe oil drain plug.

U might not like me but u can't argue with the engineering design of the hollow bolt

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:10 PM   #68
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Bottom line, no money wasted, money well Spent.

Gasket $35
Oil 7qts= $60
Used oil pan=$60
Labor= $280
Total= $435 + quality 6pack for the mechanic(dropped it off at 8:30, picked up at 3PM) = expensive lesson learned =(

Threads inside oil pan was stripped, ill take some better pics tomorrow and post it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #69
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Thanks for letting us know in the end.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #70
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:25 PM   #71
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First pix looks.very strange. Is that an inside shot of the pan? If so, something looks very different. It looks like a big chunk of the oil pan drain hole housing is missing.


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Old 11-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #72
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here is what a normal engine pan should look like. I have highlight the oil drain plug housing



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Old 11-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #73
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Yes cuz u obviously have no experience in this issue.

The reason why is oil pan is dripping is not because the thread on his pain is stripped but because he broke his oil pan nut. This is always 99.9% of the problem. Rarely do the pan thread strip because the force that is require to strip the tread will cause the bolt to break first.

The nut is hollow and when it breaks oil will drip out of it.

All he has to do is remove or completely break his oil drain nut and remove it with an Allen key.

People like u and most mechanics will always assume the worst and end up fixing the problem the hard and expensive way.



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you are welcome. Based on his pix (I still need clarification of the pix) I think a stripped thread or BOLT are THE LEAST OF HIS CONCERN. something is up with his oil pan
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you are welcome. Based on his pix (I still need clarification of the pix) I think a stripped thread or BOLT are THE LEAST OF HIS CONCERN. something is up with his oil pan
Ya, If your pic is indeed correct for all oil pans on e46's then it looks like half of the casting of the threads for his drain plug has broken off. In other words the ultimate stripped thread :p there's no way busting his bolt head off would have helped the situation.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:27 PM   #80
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Yes and after the OP waste his money on a new oil pan and extraction then I will post a video of how it is virtually impossible to strip an e46 engine oil pan with an oe oil drain plug.

U might not like me but u can't argue with the engineering design of the hollow bolt

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I didn't say I didn't like you. U just sound like a know it all. And I won't argue with that design bc I know nothing about it. I'm saying that my oil pan was stripped, and the tech showed me so I know that was the case.

By the way, looks like he didn't waste his money huh?
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