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I replaced oil Pan gasket on my E7 427 engine because it was leaking one of the bolt hole is cross threaded. I didn’t realize this until the oil Pan was back up and I was trying to put that bolt back in so I pull the bolt looked at it the bolt threads was ok so I shined my light into the hole and saw the threads was messed up. Do you all think I could just leave that bolt out without the Pan leaking?

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Always pays to get all the bolts started by hand before running them in with a wrench! that said depending where the bolt is it will likely be fine! what do you have to loose, give it a try!

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Thank you all for your help... in the spot where the hole is located which is up in the front of the Pan I couldn’t actually use my hand I did use the socket and extension to get it started then I attached the ratchet after.... I also thought about trying to use a tap to correct the hole but it’s just the location so I was hoping I would be okay without a bolt being there. 

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Hey I didn’t mess with it I topped the truck off with fresh oil let it run(idle) close to two hours not one leak hope it will be the same result when I do start up in the morning and actually work it. Thanks again for the help. 

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