I guess I am to the point of creative problem solving with my Sentra. Yes, the pan is very important. If there is any doubt that a plug/thread repair kit will not work, or you don't want a fumoto plug, then a pan is about the only option. In my youth, I stripped out the drain plug on my Pinto. I had someone braise a bolt with the appropriate thread size to the bottom of the pan. It worked great. So, there may be several things that will work. I guess it depends on time, finances, etc. Since I removed a pan I would try other options first if it were my car. It will also be expensive if you need to buy a new pan.bII said:I wouldn't risk it, get a new pan, you either overtightened it or someone else did. Borrow a car, head ye to a dealership or where ever you can get an oil pan and replace. Its a critical part.
You can get it out by wedging a thin screwdriver blade between the plug and the pan. Keep pressure on it as you turn the bolt, and it will come out. If a screwdriver won't fit, use a wood chisel.ifoam said:i would crank it loose and it would just keep going and going and going, then id try to tighten and it would get tight for a little and then it would get loose again..