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Old 05 Aug 2010, 05:20 pm   #1 (permalink)
Jimmy
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I was getting an estimate for some exhaust work on my '98 Camry, and
the mechanic pointed out what looked like the beginning of a rust hole
in the oil pan. He recommended replacing the pan, but said it would be
difficult because the screws are very rusted.

Is this a common problem? How do we determine how much rust on the
oil pan would require its replacement?

Jimmy
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Old 05 Aug 2010, 07:21 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Jimmy" <JimmyGeldburg@mailinator.com> wrote in message
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>I was getting an estimate for some exhaust work on my '98 Camry, and
> the mechanic pointed out what looked like the beginning of a rust hole
> in the oil pan. He recommended replacing the pan, but said it would be
> difficult because the screws are very rusted.
>
> Is this a common problem? How do we determine how much rust on the
> oil pan would require its replacement?
>
> Jimmy


If the rust is starting to penetrate the pan, make a hole, then that is too
much.
Fortunately, a leak like this is usually small, and you can bumble along for
a long time just keeping an eye on your oil level.

You can fiddlefart around trying to patch the pan with epoxy, if you just
have to have something to play with.

We normally dont worry about pan rust down here because we dont salt
our highways in the winter.

It would bother me, because I am somewhat fastidious about my car.

How much does he want to replace the pan??

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Old 06 Aug 2010, 02:11 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Thu, 5 Aug 2010 15:20:51 -0700 (PDT), Jimmy
<JimmyGeldburg@mailinator.com> wrote:

>I was getting an estimate for some exhaust work on my '98 Camry, and
>the mechanic pointed out what looked like the beginning of a rust hole
>in the oil pan. He recommended replacing the pan, but said it would be
>difficult because the screws are very rusted.
>
>Is this a common problem? How do we determine how much rust on the
>oil pan would require its replacement?
>
>Jimmy


You might want to lightly sand the rusted area if it looks sound
enough (skip sanding if it doesn't), then apply some rusty metal
primer. Rustoleum makes a good one. Allow to dry then top coat with a
color to match the pan. Replacing the pan would be better, but is
going to cost a lot more. On a 22 year old car that may be the
deciding factor.
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Old 07 Aug 2010, 05:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Aug 5, 5:20*pm, Jimmy <JimmyGeldb...@mailinator.com> wrote:
> I was getting an estimate for some exhaust work on my '98 Camry, and
> the mechanic pointed out what looked like the beginning of a rust hole
> in the oil pan. He recommended replacing the pan, but said it would be
> difficult because the screws are very rusted.
>
> Is this a common problem? *How do we determine how much rust on the
> oil pan would require its replacement?
>
> Jimmy


Pans are real thick and made to last the life of a car, I think he
over reacted, but sand and paint the spot.
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