ok, so my Kwik Kar oil change place told me the oil pan n...

Q: ok, so my Kwik Kar oil change place told me the oil pan needs to be replaced because the drain plug is stripped. So they put a la

asked by on July 05, 2017

So my oil change tech told me the oil pan plug was stripped and I need a new oil pan. They put in a bigger plug temporarily. Two Qs: 1. They want $600 for a new pan parts and labor. This seems excessive esp. given that they may have been the ones who stripped the plug! 2. I can get a new pan on line for $60 or so - they want $250 for it. Should I spring for the $75 steel one or is the $60 aluminum one good enough? Seems like aluminum would strip again easily... we live in Texas so no road salt or freezing really... Thanks, Eric

My car has 170000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Eric. Sorry to hear this happened to you. Oil pan’s bolts don’t typically "just strip". It’s typically always due to either over tightening, or cross threading. The problem is trying to prove whether it occurred with the previous oil change or this last one. Regardless, these companies wouldn’t typically cover this type of damage. As such, this is a perfect example of where having one of our professional mobile mechanics come to your location to complete a oil pan replacement will most likely be the most affordable and correct option. You can request an estimate by clicking this link to the service page. Once on that page, select the Get a Quote blue button and enter your vehicle information. Once we receive the data, we’ll email you a quote.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

A/C Off Due To High Engine Temp

This is a safety measure programmed into the engine control unit. If it senses the engine temperature is high, or is not reading engine temperature at all, it would deactivate the air conditioning system. The a/c compressor is driven my...

How do you check the level of coolant in the radiator?

In most situations, you shouldn’t have to check the radiator itself. You should be able to inspect the level of coolant in the reservoir/reserve tank instead. However, if the there is no coolant in the reserve tank, you’ll need to...

What does it mean when the Charging System light comes on in the dash?

Your dash is information central – gauges and warning lights provide you with a great deal of important information. If your Charging System light comes on (it looks like a little battery), it means there’s something wrong. It should come...

Related articles

2012 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4: Which One Should I Buy?
Mid-size crossover SUVs are an excellent option when you need to take several friends along with you, or bring your kids along and yet still need to keep a tight leash on your purchase cost as well as your ongoing...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Golf
The The 2012 Volkswagen Golf offers comfort and an elegant design for a variety of transportation needs. The Golf is a solid vehicle, good size, and great value, especially when it comes to comparing prices of similar vehicles. Key Features...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Dog Trainer
If If you are a dog trainer, you expect a lot from your vehicle. You want a ride that is safe, roomy, and of course, dog friendly, since your training operation will often mean that you need to transport the...