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Have 2002 Mazda Tribute, 64,800 miles, original owner, oil always changed by dealer. Just told oil pan plug getting rough - need oil pan replaced to tune of $450. Is dealer responsible for paying since they are only ones who changed oil?

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  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    Went for an oil change today on my 2001 tribute. I was told the same thing. Need oil pan change because plug area metal is fatigued. I'm thinking it's the freakin service shop's fault since they're the only ones who change my oil. $530 (canadian) to fix! Stupid.

  • kmwnky Nov 10, 2008

    Talked to dealership twice more. First Service Mgr. told me he would have to first use an oversized plug, then, when that failed, he would approach Mazda with problem. I didn't like that solution so today called General Mgr who agreed to go halvsies with the oil pan replacement. Probably best deal I'm going to get out of Mazda since they're not admitting to design defect which it is. So I'll probably go with spending $223 (my half) of new oil pan, tube and dip stick to correctly fix it.

  • djames64 Jan 11, 2009

    The problem is that the oil pan is aluminum and the threads (cut in aluminum) pull out when the oil drain plug is over torqued. I always change my own oil and don't use a torque wrench. So, i can't blame this problem on the dealer, but I have done this for 30+ years on about a dozen cars and have never had this problem before. So, I can tap our an over sized drain hole or replace the pan. I sounds like the over sized hole is the cheaper solution.

  • jscotton Mar 31, 2009

    Told today that the pan would need replaced. Quoted $800. Dealer said that it was a cheap pan and too thin to re-tap to steel treads...

  • taz02 Apr 01, 2009

    Hi! I have the same problem with my 2002............but did not do the repair right away. I was told yesterday that if I did not get a new oil pan that the plug could fall out at any time. They also recommended no highway driving.

    In my opinion, this is a definite flaw in design of this vehicle. I have talked to a lot of people who have owned various vehicles over the past 50 years and no one has ever heard of replacing an oil pan because the threads are stripped.


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I have a 2001 tribute I bought new and the oil drain plug stripped. My plug size is m12-175. I replaced it with a m12-175 one size over I bought from care quest for $3.89. Worked great. Hope this helps.

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Make MAZDA pay for the entire job. if they don't pay take it to court. this kind of thing happens all of the time because of the people changing the oil. they are usually dumb kids that dont know about changing the oil.They tighten the bolt as tight as they can and they eventually strip out the oil pan.

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I would sure hope so if they were the only one to touch it, but the factory may have to arbitrate this one. You might as well get prepared to fight for this one. Be sure you understand what they mean by oil pan plug getting rough? Put the vehicle on a lift and view the pan/plug area to be certain that it's not damage from hitting a wheel stop/curb. You will look foolish if it was the fault of a careless parking incident. Take a dated picture for the factory, to prove it was not damaged by carelessness.
Glad to be of assistance. Please rate the solution offered - I will learn from your rating
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