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    I have noticed off an on leaking the past few months in my car. I decided to have it checked out and the repair man told me I need my oil can gasket replaced. I don't doubt that, but he told me it was very labor intensive and was around $330. The part itself costs 47 dollars. I looked online and most people said it's not too tough. Does anyone know exactly what price is appropriate or does it really cost that much?!? Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    I have noticed off an on leaking the past few months in my car. I decided to have it checked out and the repair man told me I need my oil can gasket replaced. I don't doubt that, but he told me it was very labor intensive and was around $330. The part itself costs 47 dollars. I looked online and most people said it's not too tough. Does anyone know exactly what price is appropriate or does it really cost that much?!? Thanks in advance.
    That's not out of line. Anything between $200 - $400 to replace an oil pan gasket would not surprise me. That said, I would slide underneath you car to see if you can do it yourself without much trouble.



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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    I have noticed off an on leaking the past few months in my car. I decided to have it checked out and the repair man told me I need my oil can gasket replaced. I don't doubt that, but he told me it was very labor intensive and was around $330. The part itself costs 47 dollars. I looked online and most people said it's not too tough. Does anyone know exactly what price is appropriate or does it really cost that much?!? Thanks in advance.

    What kind of car is it? Do you have a jack? If you have some decent mechanical skills you should be able to do it, just make sure your drain your oil first!!!!



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    Re: Car advice

    Also, if it's a very slow leak, it's not the end of the world. Sometimes you can get away with tightening things up a bit to get by if you don't want to spend the money right now. It's not as if you're going to lose quart overnight.



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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    What kind of car is it? Do you have a jack? If you have some decent mechanical skills you should be able to do it, just make sure your drain your oil first!!!!
    If he doesn't, at least make sure to have someone around to take a picture of it



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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    What kind of car is it? Do you have a jack? If you have some decent mechanical skills you should be able to do it, just make sure your drain your oil first!!!!

    Getting a jack is no problem. My mech. skills are however. I'll check with my buddies who are good with cars and see what they think.


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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    Getting a jack is no problem. My mech. skills are however. I'll check with my buddies who are good with cars and see what they think.

    What kind of car is it?



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    2000 Ford Taurus baby! I know, I know....stylin'!


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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    2000 Ford Taurus baby! I know, I know....stylin'!

    How do you keep the ladies from piling in that thing?

    Just kidding, I drive a 94 LHS since I can't afford the gas in my Dodge truck.

    In all honesty, if you have some friends who have any mechanical skills you should be able to do it. Paying 330 bucks seem way high to me.



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    Re: Car advice

    If the oil pan bolts are easy to get to, check their tightness around where it is leaking. Also, if it is a small leak (few drips here and there?), maybe put some silicone on the area as a short-time fix. You probably would be throwing wrenches and dropping f-bomb after f-bomb if you tried to change the gasket without a hoist.



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    Re: Car advice

    Some oil pans can be a TOTAL ***** to get off.
    For instance, to change the one in my van, you have to either remove the transmission, or at a very minimum, unbolt the engine mounts and jack the whole engine up out of the frame (gently) and then you have maybe 1/8" of clearance.

    330 bucks for someone to do that would be WELL worth it. If the pan is just kinda there, you can do it pretty easily.

    PM me and I can get you step-by-step instructions.


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    No way I would try it. But I don't even change my own oil.


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    Re: Car advice

    I'll check with a buddy of mine and see what he says. Then I'll take a look at step by step instructions. Last resort, I'll just pay for it to be done. Just wasn't sure if that amount seemed reasonable.


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    Re: Car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    I'll check with a buddy of mine and see what he says. Then I'll take a look at step by step instructions. Last resort, I'll just pay for it to be done. Just wasn't sure if that amount seemed reasonable.
    It says it's around a 2.5 hour job for a shop to do. Figure shop labor rates of around 90-100/hour, and that sounds pretty reasonable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    I'll check with a buddy of mine and see what he says. Then I'll take a look at step by step instructions. Last resort, I'll just pay for it to be done. Just wasn't sure if that amount seemed reasonable.
    Just looking at the repair, it's relatively simple with the right tools. Everything is pretty straight-forward, but there is some tinkering with exhaust parts that needs to be done to get access to the oil pan, and those nuts and bolts are always a major PITA to get on and off. With an impact wrench (and enough room) and a die grinder to just cut off what you can't get loose, it wouldn't be too hard to do. Aside from that, I would say you could probably do it with mostly hand tools and a torque wrench.


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