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Oil drain plug problem

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I put the oil drain plug with crush washer in and went to tighten and it just spins. It won't tighten down. I tried to back it out and it just spins. Any advice?
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The problem with cutting down a timesert fitting is that it uses the expansion of the lower part to fix it in place. Therefore if you should cut that section off the insert would not be retained properly...true?
Helicoils aren't as secure as timesert but they can be shortened - there's a video on YouTube showing this.
 
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