It took me two years to finally initiate getting my car's oil changed. 😅Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, I definitely need to because I will be driving 8 hours this Friday. I'm just having a hard time initiating anything lately! I just have to tell myself "Action precedes motivation! Action precedes motivation"!
Heh, that's what happened to me. No oil change places would touch my car and I finally had to take it to my regular mechanic to have it change. I think he said he just rethread my bolt or the pan. It's pretty much a beater car, so I didn't really want to replace the entire pan and I just hope it holds up. Assuming it even passes the upcoming smog test.I have known several people who had the threads on their oil pan plug stripped out by those quick change places and that is not a cheap thing to have fixed.
Mine initially told me the entire pan needs to be replaced too with no other fix. When I told him I don't want an expensive repair on a car that's probably worth probably worth only a little more than the repair, and a car I won't know if I will have in a month pending the smog test, he suddenly flipped the script and told me he can probably think of a cheaper fix. In a way, I guess he's an honest mechanic with a little pushing. Although I've been going to him for years and he's just a little corner auto shop.I had actually thought that this was what could be done so when the mechanic told us that the oil drain plug was screwed up, I assumed it wouldn't be an expensive fix. I am not sure why they felt that couldn't be done but they told us they'd need to replace the oil pan. They didn't seem dishonest and we intended to keep the car a few more years so we figured it was worth it. It had been leaking like crazy because the place that screwed it up in the first place never told us about it and just kind of made it work long enough to be driven for a while. When we eventually noticed the growing wet spot where the car was parked, we didn't know what it was (none of us are really inclined that way).
I'm now kind of annoyed thinking they might could have simply made new threads. I really hate cars. It's so hard to trust people.