I recently had my car in for an oil change at the dealership where I bought the car. It should also be pointed out that I have had my car, a 1991 Honda Accord, religiously serviced at this same dealership.
At the 55,000-mile service, the mechanic told me I needed a new oil pan because the drain plug hole was stripped from over-tightening. The thing is, these people are the only ones who have ever changed my oil. They wanted me to pay for the repair until I pointed out that fact. They then rethreaded the hole at no charge (ordinarily a $100-plus job, they said) to stop the leak.
I have since moved from Nevada to Kansas, and my new mechanic says the drain plug hole is again stripped and I need a new oil pan costing $450 installed. What recourse do I have?
Stripping the drain plug hole is a common occurrence on some Hondas. The first reason is that Honda uses a metal washer on the drain plug. The washer becomes distorted, along with the oil pan, and excessive torque is needed to seal it. (G.M. uses a washer with a rubber insert. It works really well and is interchangeable with the Honda washer.) The second reason is normal wear and tear, and the fact that most technicians don't use a torque wrench on the drain plug.
Here are your choices:
1 - Your dealer already tried to Heli-Coil (re-thread) the hole, and that didn't last. Skip that one.
2 - You can get an oversize drain plug from your neighborhood parts store. The plug attempts to dig its own threads into the stripped hole. Sometimes it works well. If it does, it's a cheap way out.
3 - A new oil pan is the best repair. If you're particular about your car, this is your only choice but first call around for prices, $450 sounds high.
4 - Too bad you left Nevada so soon, your original dealer who felt responsible enough to try and repair the oil pan just might have bought you a new one.