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My dealer insists the oil pan on my out of warranty 2003 Protege is in immediate need of replacement. Nothing was struck , apparently corrosion. Thinking perhaps this was a slow work period a 2nd opinion at a local mechanic said similar. 30 years of cars never needed an oil pan swapped before. Whats gives? Quote 2 hours and likely front pipe for exhaust would also get broken in the exchange.

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  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    1. Mine is a 2002 and leaking badly. Contacted Mazda USA this morning and they refuse to pay for it. Like you, I have never experienced an oil pan failure through corrosion. While purchasing mine today, the parts man said that he sold 3 last week and another customer was calling on the phone as I stood there with the same problem. It's not like there are a ton of these on the road. 25,000 people in my town and five people need oil pans in a weeks time.

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    Changed my oil last week on my protege 5, the oil pan was badly rusted, looks like I could poke a hole in it with a screw driver. I certainly did not expect a six year old car to need an oil pan, they should last forever in my book. I am now shopping for a replacement.

  • ScaryFast Mar 23, 2009

    I just brought my 2002 Protege 5 in because of a loud creaking from the front end. Turned out to be a linkage instead of the power steering pump but they said when they got it up on the lift they could see the oil pan was very rusty and thin and in need of replacement.

    My first thought was "but it's aluminum" but apparently it isn't? The quoted price was $350ca I believe for the part on top of the linkage for $90 + labor, unless it's included, but I doubt it.



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ok its a front wheel drive so it will have to be put on a hoist or on 4 car jack stands to get it level
then underneith the engine there is the pan there will be a bolt if there is no bolt there will be at least 12 nuts undo all them and put on the ground slowly untill all the oil is out then drain
then remove old gasket with a scraper untill none is visable
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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.
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Not really, you just need to be carefull not to brake the plastic covers but you can get them separate than use a thin spanner and you should be able to do it without removing the seat.

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