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Old 09-05-2005, 02:53 AM   #1
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Unhappy Stripped Oil Pan Drainhole repair?

I just bought a 2002 Impreza 2.5RS with 34000 miles from a Mazda Nissan dealership. After driving about 500 miles on the highway I noticed a slight oil leak underneath the car. I examined the oil pan and found oil dripping from the drain bolt. I pulled out my trusty sockets only to find that the bolt was stripping. Because the bolt has become so loose, it is losing more oil than it was before I tried to tighten it.

The dealership said they had the oil changed before I bought the car. My guess is their "skilled" technicians made a simple error of over tightening the bolt.

Anyway, there are 2 years left on the powertrain warrenty so I guess I'll have to bring it in but I am hoping for a quick fix as I don't have much time for dealerships. I know there are oil pan drainhole repair kits out there but I wasn't sure if they actually worked or if they are a complete waste of my time. Any help on the matter is appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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Old 09-05-2005, 03:13 AM   #2
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they will drain your oil drop out the pan and put a new one in, takes like no time really but they will strecth it out and of course you will be in line to get worked on too.
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:00 AM   #3
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Since they acknowledged the error let them put a new oil pan on. It should take less than an hour and should be free. Another solution is to use an oversize drain plug which may be availiable in your size. I vote for a new oil pan.
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:03 AM   #4
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Another thought: Sometimes the drain plug is made of a softer material than the oil pan threads. Is the plug stripped or is it the pan?
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:20 AM   #5
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Well, when I turn the bolt it seems to start catching but then it looses the grip and becomes loose everytime. I assume that means the pan is stripped?
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:31 AM   #6
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the bolt is definitely composed of some kind of metal btw.
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Old 09-05-2005, 04:07 PM   #7
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ok I figured out a quick fix. I bought this rubber oil pan drain plug that that had a wing nut at the bottom. Basically you just pop it in the hole and turn the wing nut to expand the rubber and fill the hole. It worked out quite nicely, in fact I think this is probably better than the stock plug (even though they donít recommend reusing the plug). The part is recommended for a 16mm (mine is 17mm I believe) hole, but with 2 wrenches I got it to close the gap perfectly. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the post.
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Old 09-05-2005, 04:10 PM   #8
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Still could be that the drain plug is stripped and not the oil pan.
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:17 AM   #9
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The plug I used did NOT work. I walk into my garage to find 4 quarts of oil waiting for me all over the floor...not exactly the best way to spend the holiday. A little gasket sealent has temporarly fixed the problem so I can at least drive it to the dealership tomorrow. Note to self, never EVER let an uncertified subaru dealer work on my car.
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Old 09-06-2005, 12:52 AM   #10
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sorry man ,just bring it to the dealrship
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Old 09-06-2005, 01:12 AM   #11
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new oil pan for christ's sake, since its on warranty, maybe you can con them into getting you a rental for free, piss and moan a bit, itll work.


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Old 09-10-2005, 10:10 AM   #12
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ya this dealership I brought it to tried to rip me off (they were trying to tell me the car was turbo!). Got it done for 300...I'll be taking it to the regular subaru dealer from now on. Thanks for all the help guys.
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Old 09-10-2005, 10:50 AM   #13
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Why did you pay 300 for a repair that should be under warranty?
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Old 09-10-2005, 10:52 AM   #14
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Got it done for 300...
I can't believe that you paid $300 to fix their mistake. Well, at least it's fixed.
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Old 09-11-2005, 10:08 AM   #15
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it wasn't under warranty because I bought the car with a stripped drainhole. The factory warranty was out anyway and there was only 2 years left on the powertrain. The dealership I went to that ripped me off claimed the job would take 3.5 hours. I called another local subaru dealer and they said the work would only take 1.7 hours according to their books. So yes, this first dealership I took it to was trying to rip me off majorly (trying to convince the owner their car is turbo is disturbing..) My only other option was having the car towed on a flatbed to the other dealership and that isn't worth it. I managed to chew $100 out of the dealership I bought the car from though because I know they are the ones that stripped it. Really I only spent about $200.
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