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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Nov-17-2012, 08:20:16 PM   #21
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Could someone link me to the exact part(s) I need from Time-Sert?
This just happened to me...
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2012, 11:35:27 AM   #22
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I had sold mine with only one cert used, perhaps the guy I sold it to is done with it...

Here's the kit if not...






I got mine from this guy on Ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-TIME-SER...E:L:OU:US:1123
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2012, 04:45:51 PM   #23
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The drain bolts just keeps spinning in place!
I tried to pull on it with a vice grip while turning it... I tried prying it with a flathead while trying to back it out with the wrench... nothing is working. It just keeps spinning in place.
What are my options here!?
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2012, 06:44:06 PM   #24
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You will have to drill it out. No other way around it.
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2012, 07:30:34 PM   #25
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Same thing happened to me. Used a timesert to fix.
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Old Sun, Nov-18-2012, 09:21:05 PM   #26
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The drain bolts just keeps spinning in place!
I tried to pull on it with a vice grip while turning it... I tried prying it with a flathead while trying to back it out with the wrench... nothing is working. It just keeps spinning in place.
What are my options here!?
My buddy welded a bolt to the bottom of the drain plug, used vice grips and pulled down HARD and turned at the same time, it eventually came out.

When you get it out via drilling, or whatever, get about four or five quarts of cheap oil to drain out any possible metal shavings after the cert kit is installed.
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Default Re: oil drain plug spins free

Apologies to the board for raising this from the dead, however I seem to be experiencing a similar issue today on my S54.

I noticed that while re-installing my drain plug, it never seemed to fully tighten, and is just spinning indefinitely. From previous posts in this thread, I gather that the threads are not cut into the pan, but some threaded bung is welded to the interior of the pan. My guess is that I broke this weld. Does anyone happen to have a pan off their car to take a photo of that bung? I'd like to be able to see it before I make a decision regarding next steps.

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I noticed that while re-installing my drain plug, it never seemed to fully tighten, and is just spinning indefinitely. From previous posts in this thread, I gather that the threads are not cut into the pan, but some threaded bung is welded to the interior of the pan. My guess is that I broke this weld. Does anyone happen to have a pan off their car to take a photo of that bung? I'd like to be able to see it before I make a decision regarding next steps.
That is not correct. The threads are cut in to the pan itself. It is easy to strip the threads if the drain plug bolt is over-torqued.
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Well... This sucks! Is the only fix to replace the whole dam pan? Dam magnetic plug!
SAME SAME SAME issue with me. Undid the plug and heard a crack. Plug came out and drained the oil. Went to thread back in and got to a point to where it just kept spinning. Plug is still like that till this day and just do oil changes currently through the dipstick. Does not leak thank god, but possibly a heli coil this winter.

So sad
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SAME SAME SAME issue with me. Undid the plug and heard a crack. Plug came out and drained the oil. Went to thread back in and got to a point to where it just kept spinning. Plug is still like that till this day and just do oil changes currently through the dipstick. Does not leak thank god, but possibly a heli coil this winter.

So sad
Until one day it all comes out.

Just got to an indy and have them tap a new hole. Will not be more than a hundred bucks.
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