Repairing a rusted oil pan

radek at radek at
Tue Sep 7 17:56:17 EDT 2004

Thanks guys for your suggestions.

I don't think there is enough metal in that pan to hold a magnet or a screw.  It's all
rust.  I guess I have 
no choice but to "lower" the subframe.  Somehow, I have a feeling it's not going to go
smoothly.  Those 
subframe mounts have been exposed to the same salt as the oil pan.  I was kinda hoping
that there 
would be some miracle substance out there that would stick to the oily rust on the outside
of the pan 
and seal it for a couple more years.  Oh, well, I'll call the dealer tomorrow for the
price on a new pan.
Thanks again.

88 90Q
91 V8Q 5-sp.

> Message: 5
> Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 23:10:31 -0400
> From: Huw Powell <audi at>
> Subject: Re: Repairing a rusted oil pan
> To: Jonathan Farrugia <jfarrugi at>
> Cc: Radek <radek at>, quattro at
> Message-ID: <413D26A7.6080101 at>
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> Oh, I just remembered a thing my old heating oil supplier gave me - a 
> small but strong magnet with a rubbery sealing pad in the middle.  To be 
> used if the oil tank sprung a leak.  Might buy you some time while you 
> explore possibilities?
> > you could drill and tap it and put a bolt in it or, you could put a short
> > self drilling sheet metal screw in the hole.  on both you might want to
> > use a neoprene washer for added leak protection.  i all kind of depends on
> > what is on the other side of the oil pan inside.  i'm assuming open air
> > here but, i have no clue.
> >>16 years of Canadian salt have taken their toll and here I am with a rusted
> >>through oil pan on the 90Q.  It's only a pinhole for now.  Would anyone have
> >>experience patching rusty, oily metal?  I don't think epoxy will stick.  Any
> >>new technologies out there?  I really don't feel like replacing the pan now
> >>since I think it means removing the subframe.
> -- 
> Huw Powell

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