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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-09-2009, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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How to replace oil pan? 03 Pilot

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Can someone tell me how difficult it is to replace my oil pan on my 2003 Pilot? I was just curious to see how much it would cost me to get it done at the dealer so I called... Got a quote for $850 (includes parts, oil change, alignment as they have to drop the sub frame, etc)... Part was around $200... What happened was I changed my oil today and noticed upon removing the drain bolt it was super easy to remove... Didn't think anything of it as there was no leak marks... But when I tried to reinstall the bolt it wouldn't line up... I stuck my finger in the hole and noticed threads were coming off! Damn shop stripped it!!! (went on a road trip out west and reached 112K kms oil change so I just brought it into a SuperLube (wait while they change shop)... So basically I'm screwed cuz they're a 30 hour drive away, plus how can I prove that they screwed up, right??? I'm pissed!!!

Anyways, Searched online and found that I can get the pan for just over $100 USD plus shipping... Looking at a picture of the pan online it looks like there's only 20 or so bolts holding it on, plus some silicone...

Anyways, if someone has a how to guide or a scan of the repair manual, that would be great!!!


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For $1,000 I would just get an oversized plug or a piggyback oversized plug. It will work fine.

This would be an option too:
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I can confirm that the subframe needs to be dropped as well as the exhaust. A dealer knicked the sealing surface of the pan and replaced ours on their dime. They also did a crappy job of it, forgetting one subframe bolt, leaving one of the exhaust flange nuts off, and not replacing 3/4's of the little plastic pins that hold the plastic "skid plate" on. Needless to say they got it back and I got some "freebies" for my troubles. The cheaper/easier way is as carguy07 recommends.
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Easy Fix !!!

If there is enough room you can tap the threads out some with possibly a sparkplug thread tap fixing kit from Advance Auto. Then put the insert in and put a new plug in.

Even the local dealers should know how to do this. I would not change your pan.

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Tapping the hole is a perfectly acceptable remedy, but the question I have is, how to insure you've cleaned out all the metal shavings the will probably end up inside the pan. I know the pump has a filter screen on it, but I'm pretty sure if you're going to tap the plug threads, you'd still want the pan off to clean it.

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