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Oil change mechanic said he couldn't get the oil plug back in and would have to replace the oil pan

Common sense tells me they cross threaded the plug and used so much force they then were unable to remove and attempt to re-insert. I had to leave my vehicle at the shop overnight, as it had no oil in it, and was told I would be contacted by the manager in the am to discuss solutions. When I did not receive a call by 9am I called and the manager was sick and the guys at the shop had already removed the oil pan. They then went on to say that a nut on the inside broke and that is why they couldn't insert the oil plug. I am a single female and need as much information on this topic as possible so that I can make sure I am not forced to pay for someone else's negligence.

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  • Nicole Leininger
    Nicole Leininger Mar 27, 2014

    Thank you for your help. I live in Minnesota.

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  • Bruce Synnott May 15, 2014

    Instead of replacing they should have rethreaded to a larger bolt size and put the appropriate bolt in. alot less cost.

  • ballisticpc Jun 27, 2014

    Oil pans have a nut welded into the pan. This is where the plug goes. Sometimes those welds break and causes the nut and plug to spin. The only fix is to remove the oilpan and reweld the nut if possible. Or just replace the oilpan. Cheaper fix would be to get a used pan from a junkyard and have them install it. Thus cutting the price down alot.



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Many States have laws against auto repair shops doing work prior to obtaining written authorization. You should check with your states dept of motor vehicles. You may be right that the mechanic, and I'm using the term loosely, stripped the oil plug. However, sometimes the plug get stripped by it being removed and replaced many times because of oil changes. Be that as it may, there are repair systems far less expensive than changing the oil pan. You are being SCAMMED! I've worked as an auto technician for 35 years and I'll tell you that there is not nut that broke in the oil pan other than the one that holds the oil plug in. They broke it forcing the cross threaded plug. Don't pay them, if you do, report them to DMV. It is better than taking them to court. What state do you live in?

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