08-21-2013, 07:45 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
happened last month ... installed an AEV oil pan skid, form-fitting kind that hugs and protects just the oil pan. Hit some rocks dead-center aft and while sliding off the steel pealed up and a tiny shard *POKED A PINHOLE* in my pan right next to the drain plug. Resulting in a .... drip .... drip .... drip
Dang thing was supposed to protect it, not *penetrate* it.
Dealer part price: $256 on Chyrsler back-order
Dealer labor est: Three hours (removing exhaust/manifold)
From readups there is some tricky sealing needed on the front end with RTV to seal around the skinny end of the pan. Also, I heard aftermarkets are not as well designed as the stocker.
I took a two-part epoxy "gas tank sealer" let the thing dripdry for three days, sprayed brake-klean around the oily bottom of the pan near the drain plug, brass wire-brushed it to rough the surface, then stuffed a bubblegum sized glob into the pinhole and smoothed it against the bottom of the pan.
400 mile trip to the Appalachians last weekend, some moderate-heavy rock wheeling, parked in my driveway two days after getting back, can't tell from the dipstick that I lost any oil.
So, no, I did not have the dealer install the pan, don't even know if it came in yet.
Man out standing in his field