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Looking for a way to repair a crack on a aluminum oil pan for a 97 aurora?

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2009-03-11 03:58:21

Aluminum CAN be welded, but you'll need to remove the pan. That

may require partially removing the engine. Pull the pan and have it

welded. Suggest it might be cheaper to replace it. A shade-tree

type solution is to use a metal-reinforced epoxy (like J-B Weld),

but the area to be repaired must be free of contaminants & have

the surface roughed up to provide "teeth" for adhesion. My teenage

son took my '97 4-wheeling & put three cracks in the pan. I

drained the oil, let it set for a few days to allow as much as

possible to seep out, Vee'd the cracks with a tapered stone on a

dremel tool, cleaned the areas with lacquer thinner, and slathered

on the epoxy. Two years now & no problems so far!


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