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Old 07-20-2018, 02:49 PM   #1
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My girlfriend was driving down a dirt road and hit a pot holes in her little car to where her oil pan cracked of some sort and leaked out ALL of the oil. I am out of town and told her not to drive the car with a baby in it. What do you recommend I have somebody due being cost efficient..


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Old 07-20-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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If you can see the crack maybe try some jb weld to get it where it will hold oil good enough to get it home to be worked on.

Did she stop it before the engine seized up or was she able to catch it quick enough? Definetely don't want to be driving it or it will go from a relatively cheap fix to an expensive one real quick.

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Old 07-20-2018, 03:03 PM   #3
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If you can see the crack maybe try some jb weld to get it where it will hold oil good enough to get it home to be worked on.

Did she stop it before the engine seized up or was she able to catch it quick enough? Definetely don't want to be driving it or it will go from a relatively cheap fix to an expensive one real quick.


Hit the pothole and woke up the next day and there was a trail of oil behind her car from where she drove last night. She is already at home so I am considering sanding the cracked area if it isnít too bad. Then applying JB Weld or some type of metal epoxy to see if it will hold oil long enough to get it fixed correctly. I donít think I can fix it myself from home..


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Old 07-20-2018, 03:09 PM   #4
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I'd try a junkyard before I'd try the fix-it-myself.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:13 PM   #5
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An oil pan is pretty cheap and easy to change. But JB weld has worked for me in the past.
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make-model-year

as long as there is no cross brace under the pan it is very easy to do
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:18 PM   #7
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An oil pan is pretty cheap and easy to change. But JB weld has worked for me in the past.
Even if I was going to use jb weld, I would still remove and clean it thoroughly inside and out before patching.
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as long as there is no cross brace under the pan it is very easy to do
This ^^^^^

You run the oil out or even to low and you will wish you paid a mechanic to fix the oil pan if you can't do it yourself
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as long as there is no cross brace under the pan it is very easy to do


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Old 07-20-2018, 03:25 PM   #10
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That car may have an aluminum oil pan. You maybe able to spot fix it w jb weld, but if the hole is large enough you ll have to replace the pan. Ebay will be your friend on this one for a pan. I did the same thing as a kid growing up. Cracked the pan on a brand new Volkswagen gti.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:27 PM   #11
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Mercedes parts....known for being inexpensive.


I've used a nut, bolt, 2 big wide washers, and two pieces of gasket/bicycle tube to patch a nickel sized hole in the past.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:28 PM   #12
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I think people with Mercedes money call for a tow to the dealer. After the dealer is finished, they just write the check.
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Hit the pothole and woke up the next day and there was a trail of oil behind her car from where she drove last night. She is already at home so I am considering sanding the cracked area if it isnít too bad. Then applying JB Weld or some type of metal epoxy to see if it will hold oil long enough to get it fixed correctly. I donít think I can fix it myself from home..


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Well that changes my answer then. An oil pan change isn't real hard to do, a handful of tools, and some ramps to get the front end of the ground and your in business. Not a real time consuming process either, can change in place. You could still technically probably get away with jb weld, but that was just my quick solution to get it home for a proper fix which is a new pan. But the real solution is get the road fixed if it is in your driveway to keep her from doing it again.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:40 PM   #14
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I would not concider it a easy job, but I would definitely fix it right.
Sometimes easy isn’t better..
Especially if it’s a 2015 Mercedes
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Mercedes parts....known for being inexpensive.


I've used a nut, bolt, 2 big wide washers, and two pieces of gasket/bicycle tube to patch a nickel sized hole in the past.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:00 PM   #16
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If her Mercedes is like my BMW, there may be a sub-frame under the cast aluminum oil pan and a power steering rack. German engineers like to make things too complicated.

If the steering rack is in the way, you can leave the steering rack assembly in one piece (not disconnecting the ends) and just remove bolts to let it flop down loose on to your chest and you won't have to pay for a new front-end alignment.

Before the sub-frame can come out, you have to support the full engine weight from the top with a hoist or a truss that goes across from fender to fender. My BMW sub-frame was held in with 9mm metric fine thread self-tapping bolts. Replace those with new ones to be sure that the bolts hold factory torque.

2015 oil pan may be hard to find used. Pay for the real Mercedes OEM gasket set.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:32 AM   #17
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If her Mercedes is like my BMW, there may be a sub-frame under the cast aluminum oil pan and a power steering rack. German engineers like to make things too complicated.

If the steering rack is in the way, you can leave the steering rack assembly in one piece (not disconnecting the ends) and just remove bolts to let it flop down loose on to your chest and you won't have to pay for a new front-end alignment.

Before the sub-frame can come out, you have to support the full engine weight from the top with a hoist or a truss that goes across from fender to fender. My BMW sub-frame was held in with 9mm metric fine thread self-tapping bolts. Replace those with new ones to be sure that the bolts hold factory torque.

2015 oil pan may be hard to find used. Pay for the real Mercedes OEM gasket set.






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Old 07-21-2018, 11:36 AM   #18
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That might need replacing of pan
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That’s definitely a hole not a crack
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:50 AM   #19
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I hope she didn't drive it very far with a hole that size

If so I would be ready to spend some money
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:57 AM   #21
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Goggle Belzona Molecular Metal. I have used it before on holes in both steel and aluminum. If used properly it is almost miracle like in performance. The product is expensive because it comes in larger sizes mainly for industrial usage. Per oz it not that expensive, but most people shy away because of the size of containers. It will keep for years, if stored properly. Any product tough enough to be machined is very good. You may have to search around for it, but industrial supply houses are good sources for it
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:30 PM   #22
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I hope she didn't drive it very far with a hole that size

If so I would be ready to spend some money


Only about 200 yards


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Not sure why they leave these aluminum oil pans so exposed.


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Old 07-21-2018, 12:34 PM   #24
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Looks to me like a good man with a tig could fix that in place.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:47 PM   #25
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Have it towed to a shop and get it fixed right. If it's expensive, file an insurance claim... County or city may be liable if the pot hole was on a public street.

I would never have my wife drive a car with our kids hoping jb weld is going to hold up...
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My girlfriend was driving down a dirt road and hit a pot holes in her little car to where her oil pan cracked of some sort and leaked out ALL of the oil. I am out of town and told her not to drive the car with a baby in it. What do you recommend I have somebody due being cost efficient..


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Tell her to not drive the car even if the baby is not on board! She will really have an expensive repair job then.

When the baby is in the car be sure she puts the BABY ON BOARD sign in the window.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:21 PM   #27
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Looks to me like a good man with a tig could fix that in place.
This quote above. I hope you find the broken piece, im willing to bet it is still inside. Maybe flush some more oil thru it and hope it falls out.
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This quote above. I hope you find the broken piece, im willing to bet it is still inside. Maybe flush some more oil thru it and hope it falls out.
Tig it was going to be my suggestion
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:31 PM   #29
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Time to sell that car.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:43 PM   #30
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Road Hazard. Call insurance.
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Because of possible weld contamination from oil, I would remove the pan, clean it, and then weld in a patch. Either TIG, or someone with experience and a spool gun could fix it.


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