Q: Oil drian plug cracked tried to extract it but it wnet into oil pan, does the oil pum have protective screen preventing damage?

asked by on

Im wondering if oil pan has to be dropped. I have read conflicting information that it does and other information saying ot should not be an issue due to weight of the plug and the oil pump having a protective screen?

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There is always the possible chance that the piece could get into the opening in the oil pump pickup tube. It will not make it past the screen but can partly block the opening where the oil is sucked into the pump.

With this many miles on your vehicle it is your decision what to do. You could try a new drain plug that has a magnetic tip on it and it could keep the broken piece away from the pickup tube. You could also get a large strong magnet and put it on the outside of the pan and put it near the drain outlet ant it should hold the broken piece as long as the magnet stays on. I suggest using an epoxy to keep it in place on the pan. The only other thing to do is to drop the oil pan and get the piece out.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Oil drian plug cracked tried to extract it but it wnet into oil pan, does the oil pum have protective screen preventing damage?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Water pump leaking at the gasket. Can I just replace the gasket?

If the water pump is more than 5 years old or has more than 60,000 miles, replacing the pump while you are addressing the leaky gasket will be less risky, more efficient, and cost-effective. Water pump bearings and seals do...

Q: Got fire to coil, none to plugs can't figure it out?

If you got spark out of coil but not getting spark out of the distributor then your distributor cap and rotor are not passing the voltage from the coil to the plugs. Replace the cap and rotor.

Q: What's the difference between welding catalytic converters in place and placing a sleeve with clamps on it?

Hi there. It is okay to replace a catalytic converter with using clamps and sleeves. However, you will need to make sure that there is no exhaust leaks. An exhaust leak before any oxygen sensor will cause the engine light...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...