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They cracked the new oil pan and wont honor my warranty that I have on the car, just had the engine replaced a week ago, so they towed it there, refused to fix it, asked for another $230 to fix it with MY old pan from my old engine. I argued with them and reported them.

So I went there and paid the $50 towing charge and bought the oil pan myself and I'm going to make an attempt at replace it myself but I'm a car noob so.

I'm pretty sure I know how to do it, I read the Hayne's Manual.

drain oil, take off oil filter, unbolt and remove stabalizer bar (sway bar), unbolt oil pan, use a soft mallet and tap it off lightly, dont pry it off, then glue the new gasket on to the engine block, put the oil pan back on, then the stabalizer bar, the oil filter and refill it with oil.

Is there a time frame I should wait to let the gasket adhesive to dry before I put the oil back in?

I think I'm going to keep the old oil pan and try to weld it (which i've never done either) and either sell it or keep it as a spare.

I also need to change my battery terminals, which I know how to do, in fact I changed the battery yesterday but the terminals are rusted and some reason teh negative cable doesn't want to fit anymore. eventually I want to reroute it to the trunk. I also need to get a housing for the battery because it keeps getitng wet because the splash guards suck and I need to figure out a way to fix the splash guards because last time when I replaced teh battery i ripped it out and all those plastic rubber bolts broke, so I don't how to replace that.

Any help would be appreciated. thank you.
 

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the all tune place cracked your new pan and you tried to get your warantee to cover it?

Go back to the lube place and get in contact with the manager, if they cracked it, they should pay for the repair.
 

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It may not be the best way to repair it but for the labour involved. I'd just try to weld it or silicone it shut.

Drain the oil and clean the crack before repairing.


If you do decide to remove the pan. Try to NOT remove the filter. This will prevent a dry start up after the repair.
 

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It may not be the best way to repair it but for the labour involved. I'd just try to weld it or silicone it shut.

Drain the oil and clean the crack before repairing.


If you do decide to remove the pan. Try to NOT remove the filter. This will prevent a dry start up after the repair.
You could also relieve the fuel system pressure by the valve in the fuel rail, then remove the fuel pump relay. Then you can prime the engine, by just cranking it using the starter.

Just a option to prime the oil.
 

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on the 3.2/3.5 you do not need to remove the oil filter-it is placed up and out of the way on the drivers side of the block-on the 2.7 you neee to remove the oil filter.
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I aggree with Veerb0rg contact the manager and TELL HIM HE IS FIXING IT FOR FREE.
 

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I agree, do whatever you can to make them do it.

If that doesnt work, I would not recommend welding it. Aluminum is a ***** to weld for a novice, especially when it cannot leak. I am assuming its a hairline crack here. What I would do is drain the oil and spray brake cleaner on it (maybe even into the drain hole depending on how close the crack is) and JB Weld it. I dunno if silicone would be able to hold it.
 

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I bought my old oil pan back from them for $100 and a guy named Bill from Craigslist is helping me fix it. I have to find a new oil cooler line rail or w/e because I kiinked the metal part on it when I was trying to get it off, Yeah i left the oil filter on because I coudn't even get it off, I think the idiots didn't lubricate it or something.

I already filed complaints against them with the proper agencies and I'm going file a suit against them in small claims court for $2,497.73

The Haynes manual sucks, it doesn't show everything on how to take it off, Bill had to remove the airfilter housing the AC compressor and belt just to get the dipstick tube off.

I'm going to keep the old oil pan and try to weld it with an Arc welder or a torch and solder, I'm not sure. I'll either keep it for a spare part or sell it.

Is there a way to keep the oil pan protected from being cracked because my car does set low. I think I need new springs in the shocks/struts or w/e they are. The mechanic said I could buy some kinda block thing you put in the springs that raise the car up an inch or 2.
 

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Can you say....train wreck?
 
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