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What would be a reasonable cost to have an oil pan gasket replaced on a '97 Honda CRV?

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April 17, 2012 3:05PM

Hi, I am also searching for such answer. My 97 crv keeps leaking

oil from the engine. 2 days ago I have an oil changed in a local

mechanic shop. They noticed the problem too and I was quoted $260

for fixing it by changing a new valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket

and a drain plug, of course, including labor charge. I didn't

expect to pay close to $300 to solve this problem in a regular oil

change visit. So I took the checklist they gave me and quoted the

price for the parts I need from Autoadvance, end up to be $140

something. With the help of my friend who loves fixing car,

hopefully this is all I need to pay to fix the oil leaking.

2) I had my oil pan gasket replaced in Long Beach, CA in

December of '06. The oil pan gasket cost $10, if purchased from an

after market auto parts store, the repair shop charged $25. It was

$100 for the labor and that was after haggling them down to that

amount. I too was shocked it was going to be so much to have it


3) I just spent 5 hours changing out the oil pan gasket on my

'84 Landcrusier. I have to say that it was a terrible experience.

Pay the $100 dollars! It will be well worth it. I'll give you a run

down: 1. Drain the oil (easy) 2. pull the oil pan off (not so easy)

3. Clean the oil pan gasket area from the pan and the engine block

(easy but time consuming) 4. Put sealant on the engine block and

hold the gasket up to the block until it holds (not so easy) 5. Put

sealant on the oil pan and mount (you'll swear alot on this step)

6. Put all the bolts back in and torque to spec (not so easy unless

you have an unrestricted path to the bolts) 7. Drink alcohol to


4)I replaced a valve cover gasket on a 1996 Honda Odyssey which

would be the equivalent job as on a 97 CRV. It is about the easiest

gasket job you can do for this vehicle. A rubber gasket should not

cost more than $25-$35 at a local auto parts store. They are simple

to install since you do not use any sealant with this type. You

just remove the bolts and gently pry it off. Clean up the mating

surfaces really good. Line up the new gasket and valve cover then

put the bolts back in and torque them to specs. It's an hour job

with clean up for a DIY. I've not done the oil pan gasket but have

looked at it under a 1998 CRV. This looks a little bit harder since

you have the engine shield to remove and the exhaust pipe runs

right over it and very close. I think $100 is reasonable to do the

oil pan gasket. If you do it yourself I recommend getting silicon

gasket maker. It will make the job much easier. You just put a bead

of it on both mating surfaces, let a skin form then mate them.

Lightly tighten them down but not all the way. Let set for 12 hours

then tighten down the rest of the way.

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