I have a 1999 Ford Contour with the V-6 engine. Something leaped up from the road and struck this car's surprisingly unprotected aluminum oil-pan causing it to develop a crack on the (relatively) flat surface on the bottom, causing much of the oil to drip out and intermittently bringing on the dreaded engine oil light.
The Ford dealer wants over $800 to install the superceding-design oil-pan and a corresponding new dipstick(?); independent garages have alleged they can do the job anywhere from $350 (if a used oil-pan can be obtained) to $550. Even the low figure strikes me as a ridiculous price to charge for fixing something as simple and banal as an oil-pan.
When I inquire of the independent mechanics as to the possibility of repairing the existing oil-pan via welding or some such, a couple of them have discouraged this saying that the combination of the hot oil in the pan and its aluminum essence do not lead to reliable, lasting results.
But then I came across this product, HTS-2000 (http://aluminumrepair.com/index.asp
), whose manufacturer claims it yields an aluminum repair superior to welding. Do the manufacturer's claims sound plausible? How hot does engine oil and an aluminum block get, and does this manufacturers' product sound capable of withstanding that (they claim (http://alu...e_info.asp
) it has a "working temperature" of between 717 and 737 degrees)? Do you know anyone who has used this product?
Otherwise, have you ever been confronted with a cracked aluminum oil-pan and, if so, how did you resolve it? The answer is important as I will be taking this car and a trailer 2000 miles cross-country (back to Oregon) shortly and I'd prefer not to suddenly lose all of my oil in the Utah desert 100 miles from anywhere.