by Michelle Norton
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Cracks and holes in the oil pan become more common as the car ages and lead to oil leaks. Instead of replacing the tray, epoxy can be used to repair the leak. Epoxy creates a steel-like bond on any material it adheres to after mixing. While other causes of oil leaks need to be replaced, such as crankshaft seals and timing chain cover problems, an oil pan leak that is repaired with epoxy can prevent you from having to replace the oil pan. oil completely.
Raise the front of the car with the car jack.
Place the drain bucket under the drain plug in the oil pan. Remove the drain plug and allow all the oil to drain from the car.
Remove the oil pan using the socket wrench on the bolts that hold the oil pan in place. Remove the oil pan gasket. Replace the gasket with a new one to make sure no oil drips.
Clean the pan with degreaser to remove build-up in the pan. Rub the pan with rags and rinse with water until clean.
Scrape the area around the hole with sandpaper both inside and outside of the pan.
Mix the epoxy putty according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The mixed putty should be in the shape of a cylinder slightly larger than the hole in the pan.
Press the putty through the hole in the pan until half is tight. Press the putty flat in and out of the pan so that the cellar is completely covered.
Allow putty to dry for 24 to 36 hours, per manufacturer’s instructions.
Replace the oil pan gasket and install the oil pan back under the car using the bolts you removed in Step 3.
Add new oil to the engine by placing the funnel in the oil tube and pouring the oil through the funnel. The amount and type of oil vary depending on the type of vehicle.
Articles will need
- Drain bucket
- Buy rags
- Epoxy putty
- Pipe wrench
- Car jack
- New oil pan gasket (optional)