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Aluminum oil pan washers are not re-usable. You have to replace those everytime you pull the drain plug. If you use a neoprene or fiber washer instead you can re-use those a few times.

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2007 Explorer XLT. Just had the oil changed and they showed me a loose washer in the oil pan. I haven't had any issues with knocking or other weird noises. What might this washer be?


Why was the oil pan removed for a oil change there is no need for that
the only washers on the bottom of the engine are the pickup union bolts and the crankshaft and connecting rod bearing caps

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Is there a video showing the removal and install of oil pump and oil pan gasket for my 1973 ford f350 with the 360 motor in it?


Just take off the oil pan (drain the oil first) bolts, remove the pan and you'll see the pick up screen and tube for the oil pump. Most of them are held in place by two bolts. Make sure that you use Locktite or simular product on those now cleaned bolts, when you put them back in. If they have lock washers on the bolts, get new grade "5" replacements.Put it back together and use a new oil pan gasket. Ask for advice at your lock auto parts store . The oil pan is the hardest part.

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Oil pan plug does'nt have original one, cant i just buy a new one instead of a whole new oil pan


Basically oil pan plug is nothing but a bolt with crush washer. Buy the bolt of the same no. as the old plug one and new crush washer with it. Just make sure you buy a good quality bolt.

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Were is the drain plug located on a 2007 chevy 5.3 on the passenger side of engine . is it behind the ac unit. i want to put a engine block heater in.


The block drain is on the passenger side of the engine, in the center of the block near where the oil pan attatches to the block.

Engine Block Plugs/Sensors


Engine Block Plugs/Sensors
100 - Engine Block
100 - Engine Block
101 - Oil Gallery Plug - Front
110 - O-Ring
111 - Oil Gallery Plug - Rear
112 - Oil Gallery Plug - Side
113 - Washer
114 - Engine Coolant Heater
115 - Washer
116 - Oil Gallery Plug - Side
117 - Washer
130 - Transmission Housing Locating Pin
145 - Washer
146 - Engine Block Coolant Drain Hole Plug
701 - Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor
702 - O-Ring
718 - Knock Sensor
718 - Knock Sensor
739 - Bolt
739 - Bolt
750 - CKP Sensor Bolt

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My dealer tells me my oil pan threads are wore and i need a new pan is this possible


the story you are getting from the dealership sounds very strange. Contrary to what the dealer states the oil pan threads do not wear out over time or the quantity of oil changes. The oil pan threads will strip (be damaged) if the oil plug is tightened too much (too much torque is applied) when installing the plug.

On all cars and Mitsubushi's I have seen the oil pan plug is sealed from leaking oil with a metal or composite washer. The washer is installed on the plug and seals between the plug head and pan. The treads of the plug do not seal the pan as the washer serves this purpose. In most cases it is recommended this washer be replaced (a dollar or less) with every oil change but most people don’t. Have never seen a car that used only the treads to do the sealing.

It is possible someone has over tightened the plug at least once or many times leading the to the threads being stripped. If all your oil changes were at a dealer, then this damage was done by mechanics at the dealer. The other question is if the same dealer did your changes over a year (how many changes have been done?), why didn’t they bring this up before? Oil pan plugs do not just go bad, the pan threads fail because the plug is over tightened

but yes this is definetly possible in both the sense of the oil dran plug or the bolts that connect the oil pan to the engine block. Now if you mean the bolts that connect the oil pan to the engine block its only possible if the oil pan has been removed and someone put the bolt back in crossthreaded it or over tightened them. It couldnt so much happen from normal vibration, it would be a human error problem. and as for the drain plug that was covered above.
If you need further explanation on this problem please feel free to follow up with a comment and i will assist you from there. If this assisted you please feel free to rate it. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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Ford 302 windsor i dropped a washer down one of the oil galleries 1t was the bottom one on number four on head will this drop into oil pan cause i think it did but not sure and to remove pan is not just a...


If it went down the oil drain hole near the lower side of the head then it should have made it all the way to the bottom of the oil pan where it shouldn't be able to cause any problems. I've found some pretty amazing things in the bottom of oil pans [nuts, washers, gravel stones, oil bottle sealing foil, broken dipstick tips, slip ties, etc.,] but haven't seen any of them cause any actual problems since they can't get pulled into the oil pump due to the suction screen and unless you tip the motor upside down somehow they can't really go anywhere. I suppose it's possible for a washer to cause a problem somehow but I've never come across it yet.

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Toyota tazz 130 (2001 model) is leaking oil from the sump - any suggestions on how to fix will be appreciated


check where the oil leak is exactly coming. possibly the leak is only from the oil drain plug that needs a new washer. if the leak is coming from the edge of the oil pan itself then you need to remove the oil pan itself, thoroughly clean the oil pan before installing put a silicon on the edge and bolt it back but ensure to tighten the bolts evenly.

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How hard is it to replace the oil pan in an '04 Acura TL?


As to how hard it is to replace that depends. If you can remove the oil pan without removing any other parts then it is a simple repair. But if you must remove other parts in order to remove the pan it can be more difficult. Crawl under the car and see what must be removed in order to get the pan off. If you can buy a new oil pan for $95 then by all means buy it and replace it yourself or hire a trusted mechanic to do it for you. I can assure you it will not cost $300. At least find out what it will cost if done by someone other than the dealer. Honda's are reliable cars but their oil pan drain plugs are not. The problem is Honda uses an aluminum drain plug washer and this requires you to torque it to 29 ft/lbs in order for it to seal properly. Over time this will cause the pan threads, which are weak, to distort and eventually end up stripping out. The solution when you install your new oil pan is to not use an aluminum washer and instead use a fiber washer. If you pay someone else to change your oil, be sure and tell them to leave the fiber washer in place and not to install an aluminum washer. You then torque it to 15 ft/lbs and never have a leak or stripped threads. Another alternative is to just replace the drain plug with an inexpensive rubber drain plug you can purchase at any auto parts store. It will seal the drain and you just throw it away and install a new one at every oil change.

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Oil change


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