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Ntatum
02-29-2016, 05:35 AM
I'm going to be replacing my lower oil pan because of a stripped thread on my drain bolt, and wanted to know if anyone else had done this. I've got the Bently manual and am not worried about the procedure. I am concerned however about the replacement part itself. I've been looking at both ECS and partsgeek, and they both have the OEM replacement pan for a little over 200. There is however, another option that is 80. Anyone ever use either Hamburg-Technic or MTC parts?

Nizmo
02-29-2016, 07:19 AM
They do make oil drain plugs with gaskets specifically for bad threaded pans.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/rnb-65109?seid=srese1&gclid=CjwKEAiA9c-2BRC_vaaJ0Ybps30SJABlqxDeStYTrbqwyWiIwyTkCuqOf3r9G 6Lz6RGZwNQkQArvNxoCT_fw_wcB

Def. only a temp fix!

D's Avant
02-29-2016, 12:21 PM
I have used both brands you mention above on my B5 Avant with no real concerns. For some reason I have been using more OEM parts on my C6.

Thinking it would be pretty hard to get the oil pan wrong, OEM if you plan to keep the car another 5+ years would be my vote, otherwise aftermarket.

skylinrcr01
02-29-2016, 01:01 PM
You could get a mighty vac and never have to go under your car and remove the drain plug again. I use it on my car, and my mom's E350.

c@@kieMonsta
02-29-2016, 02:06 PM
You could get a mighty vac and never have to go under your car and remove the drain plug again. I use it on my car, and my mom's E350.

Is there one you recommend for oil changes on our vehicles?

skylinrcr01
02-29-2016, 04:30 PM
I have this one. http://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-7201-Fluid-Evacuator-Plus/dp/B0002SR7TC It works for tranny flushes too (not on the a6 though, stupid lifetime fill), and pretty much anything that has a dipstick tube. Most Japanese cars have the filter towards the bottom of the engine though, so it's a bit less effective on them since you have to get under them to get at the filter.

Nizmo
03-01-2016, 06:34 AM
I have this one. http://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-7201-Fluid-Evacuator-Plus/dp/B0002SR7TC It works for tranny flushes too (not on the a6 though, stupid lifetime fill), and pretty much anything that has a dipstick tube. Most Japanese cars have the filter towards the bottom of the engine though, so it's a bit less effective on them since you have to get under them to get at the filter.

Those work great.

Wont help you fill fluids tho.....:/

skylinrcr01
03-01-2016, 08:29 AM
Those work great.

Wont help you fill fluids tho.....:/

It pumps too, so I don't see why it wouldn't.

Nizmo
03-01-2016, 10:37 AM
It pumps too, so I don't see why it wouldn't.

I guess technically you could, but since were on the topic of sucking out your used dirty oil, I wouldn't use this same vac to pump in lets say tranny fluid.

As with anything, of course you could, but its contaminated, and would never be 100% clean again.

cal3thousand
03-01-2016, 03:13 PM
I have the same MityVac pump and have not removed an oil pan plug in the 3 years that I have owned the pump. I also plan on using it for pumping my diff and tranny fluids this summer. Well worth the money.

skylinrcr01
03-01-2016, 03:54 PM
I have the same MityVac pump and have not removed an oil pan plug in the 3 years that I have owned the pump. I also plan on using it for pumping my diff and tranny fluids this summer. Well worth the money.

I was thinking of using it for the trans, do you think you'll still have to drop the pan?

cal3thousand
03-02-2016, 10:21 AM
Yes, procedure would be the same. You'll want to drop the pan and replace the filter.

I'd be using it just as a pressure pump. I won't put the fluids straight into pump, but feed a line from the pump into another container that has a straw to the bottom. This will keep me from having to clean out all the old oil residue before using it for the Tranny and be sure I'm only putting in pure fluid.

skylinrcr01
03-02-2016, 10:38 AM
Mmk. Lmk how it goes! Are you going to use lifeguard or another fluid? Lifeguard is like unicorn blood expensive, I was thinking of using something else.

cal3thousand
03-03-2016, 07:57 AM
Mmk. Lmk how it goes! Are you going to use lifeguard or another fluid? Lifeguard is like unicorn blood expensive, I was thinking of using something else.

I'm going with Lifeguard 8. Got a case of 12 for $270 shipped to my door from CTSC. It's expensive when you think it's 12 liters of fluid, but I should have extra (to sell off) and I will likely only have to do this once ever.