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Are you sure the leak is around the oil pan? I had my oil changed at a garage a few weeks ago and they stripped the plug, There was so much oil it looked like it was running out of holes all over the pan. Im not a Fixya pro, but when my pan was leaking like this I just needed a new plug, the pan threads were fine, but check yours to be sure, you may need a pan. Hope I helped :-)

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