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wagnern27 08-21-2013 03:45 PM

Junkyard vs autozone
 
Hey guys,


Would you recommend getting a used (assuming OEM) oil pan from a local parts yard, or get a brand new one from autozone? I need one quick and autozone is the quickest way to get a new one. I talked to the yard he said its not "broken". The other thing is will an autozone gasket work with the OEM pan? I'm leaking oil heavily from the pan and need to get it replaced ASAP because I'm essentially without a vehicle right now. I don't want to cheap out on parts but I also need a vehicle to drive.

Any input is appreciated!

Big Sarge 08-21-2013 03:49 PM

seeing how you need it quick, go with the store bought pan and gasket. They are likely on the shelf and ready to go. And you won't have to clean anything up on those parts. on another note....... Are you sure it's just the oil pan and not also a rear main seal (very prone to leaking on TJs)?

Neil F. 08-21-2013 03:50 PM

Gasket has to work with either. The pans have to be the same shape. The mating surface is the same. As long as the used is not rusted, it would be fine.

What's leaking on the current one? The pan has a hole or the gasket is leaking?

Notoriously_rob 08-21-2013 03:53 PM

AutoZone has pretty decent gaskets and there are good write ups on this forum on how to change it correctly. If I were you I would spend the money and get the new one device getting the old one and cleaning it. I can tell you from experience and I just changed motors. My old oil pan is completely full of crud and I decided to use it. It took me almost 4 hours to clean the crud out of it or I thought it was good for use. Don't waste your time like i dis

wagnern27 08-21-2013 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 4105208)
Gasket has to work with either. The pans have to be the same shape. The mating surface is the same. As long as the used is not rusted, it would be fine.

What's leaking on the current one? The pan has a hole or the gasket is leaking?

The pan is very very very corroded. Like large flakes falling off the pan. So I'm assuming its seeping through. Is there anyway to check if its the rear main, is that a seperate part I would need to get?

wagnern27 08-21-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Sarge (Post 4105201)
seeing how you need it quick, go with the store bought pan and gasket. They are likely on the shelf and ready to go. And you won't have to clean anything up on those parts. on another note....... Are you sure it's just the oil pan and not also a rear main seal (very prone to leaking on TJs)?

How can I check this for sure? I'm almost positive it's just seeping through the very corroded pan.

wagnern27 08-21-2013 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Notoriously_rob (Post 4105217)
AutoZone has pretty decent gaskets and there are good write ups on this forum on how to change it correctly. If I were you I would spend the money and get the new one device getting the old one and cleaning it. I can tell you from experience and I just changed motors. My old oil pan is completely full of crud and I decided to use it. It took me almost 4 hours to clean the crud out of it or I thought it was good for use. Don't waste your time like i dis


Have you heard anything about the spectra pan from auto zone? They also carry a pioneer pan but not in store. So unless the spectra pan wasn't an absolute peice of shit I was just going to get that.

vertical horizons 08-21-2013 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 4105208)
... As long as the used is not rusted, it would be fine...

Not necessarily.
Sometimes, getting one from the junk yard can be a mistake.

Buying a used pan, you have to not only scrape off the old gasket, but also ensure that the mating edge is flat. I have seen a few, where apparently the previous owner OVER-tightened the bolts to the pan, thereby warping the edge.

Just my 2.

Plowboy1970 08-21-2013 06:33 PM

I put on some black RTV to seal mine up until I could replace it. I would just buy a new one and put it on.

GKjeep 08-21-2013 06:50 PM

Like some of the other post suggested, I would also recommend checking yours. It might simply be a gasket issue on yours. Even though you said it was rusted and flaky, it wouldn't hurt taking it off cleaning it then possibly putting some water in it to see if it leaks?

I'm no pro, just my 2 cents and how I would go about trouble shooting the leak in my garage.


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