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If the oil pan is aluminum , replace it. Have had one welded before with poor results. Don't buy a new one cause they are expensive. Find one at an autowrecker. Make sure you have a new gasket before you start , and seeing as you will have to drain the oil, have a new oil filter and oil handy too. I always smear a bit of gasket sealant all over the new gasket , it makes a better seal , and helps hold the gasket in place so you can line up the bolt holes.

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