Asked by Apr 05, 2013 at 02:02 PM about the 1998 Honda Civic EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've got a 98 Honda Civic EX.  The dealership says it will soon need a new oil pan (aluminum, $300 plus expensive installation cost) or a Time-Sert ($150-175), but that the Time-Sert operation doesn't always work.

What are the chances a Time-Sert job will be successful?


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Is the old one also aluminum? Is it just the oil drain hole threads getting worn? What more specifically is the issue with the pan? The reason I ask is there very well may be other (cheaper) ways to solve your problem.

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The chances of a Time Sert successfully stopping a leaking oil pan plug are very very good, the things work. It's a oversize plug that new threads are tapped in to the hole, which is thicker than the main part of the pan, the new plug screws in, done. Your dealer is trying real hard to sell you something you don't need: an oil pan.

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The place where the plug goes has a sort of grommet, to hold threads, it's not just a hole that would be only one thread.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP7bUxU1290 show the difference and similarities of time sert andhelicoil, either will work. I would venture to say 99% of the time if done properly

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Not to mention Snowtime, that dealer is the one that screwed it up in the first place according to your other post, they should put a new oil pan on free if it's as bad as they say. Don't allow yourself to be taken

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Put a boat plug in it for $8.95 and call it good.

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Really, mrmooney. Another product is a rubber one that has an expanding bolt in the middle, like for a freeze plug


Yes that's it neoprene rubber so the oil won't break it down, brass hardware to expand the rubber and the hardware store sells them in any size.


Leave the drain plug alone and suck the used oil out the dip stick with an extractor. All the expensive cars with the engine covers under the engine are using an oil extractor. --- This link is for one of the best and it's the fluid evacuator that I bought. --- http://www.ebay.com/itm/MITYVAC-7201-Fluid-Evacuator-with-2-3- Gallon-Capacity-/281073474467? pt=Motors_Automotive_Tools&hash=item417148dba3&vxp=mtr

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