If you’re starting to see oil puddles beneath your car, then this could be a good sign that your oil pan is cracked. Over time the part of the engine known as “the oil pan” may need to be replaced due to bumps in roads and other debris hitting it at high speeds. If something will hit it hard enough or fast enough, there will usually be an immediate effect such as seeing some kind of leak coming from under the vehicle when stopped in traffic, for example.
The cost of a new oil pan is going to depend on the brand, the mechanic performing the job, and some more factors. The make and model of your car can also contribute in determining what you might end up paying for this repair.
Just how much will an oil pan replacement cost?
Oil pan replacement is an expensive endeavor that can cost anywhere from $300-$1,500 if you take it to the mechanic locally. In the event of more serious damage like a cracked gasket-oil pan that needs replacement, it will get very pricey very fast, reaching costs of $600 and above. If you can fix it without needing to replace it, the price will be anywhere between $150 and $500.
Car owners who want to do their own oil pan replacement will spend on average around $50-$575 for the parts alone. On top of this, they should also be prepared for an additional cost of $250 to $400 on average for the pan reseal, if a leak is found.
A leak repair for your oil pan can cost $150 to $600 depending on the severity of the damage and the necessary work to be fixed.
On a forum for car mechanics, one member claimed that they paid less than $600 to have their oil pan replaced. JeepForum has similar discussions where the cost of an oil change can range from anywhere between $300 and $500. Many members in this discussion agreed on these prices which they claimed to be fair if proper repairs were done.
Oil pan replacement details
Certain models of cars require a lot of work to replace the oil pan. This is because on some makes and models you will be required to take the engine down to be able to reach the oil pan. YourMechanic has found that some vehicles may need additional parts removed, including suspension sub-frames which can take hours.
Some repairs involve checking the oil pan for leaks and/or damage. Even if the mechanic doesn’t visually inspect it, looking at just your engine’s oil can often indicate some sort of problem in regards to that part. It is one thing they’ll remove along with other parts like gaskets, filters, or pipes. Then the oil pan will either be fixed or repaired, while also adding a brand-new gasket if necessary as well as replacing any broken pieces like bolts and nuts. Once everything gets put back together again, the mechanic will take it to a test drive and check that everything is running smoothly.
Any additional costs to consider?
As the mechanic takes apart your oil pan, they will also take a look at other pieces that may need to be replaced. There could potentially be an issue with the plug gasket and it can break when removed from its place. This is why they are so important.
A few tips to remember
When your oil pan is damaged and leaking, it can cause some serious engine problems. A leaky oil pan may result in the car burning more gas than usual or you might see streaks of oil right behind your oil pan where the metal meets with rubber. If a mechanic tells you that he needs to replace an old or cracked one, be sure to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Is there any way to save some money?
Be sure to take your car to a nearby dealership if it is under warranty. It’s possible that the pan has been faulty due to factory default, and this could be covered by the warranty. If not, consider getting a second opinion before replacing the oil pan, especially since a replacement might only be needed in some rare circumstances.