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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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So hello everybody, I hope getting things answered on here is easier than trying to search threads. I have a 2017 Sport and just got underneath and it looks like its leaking pretty good. Not sure why anybody on the planet would put a plastic oil plan on this car or any car, but also a weird half turn oil plug? Like wtf. Any who, does somebody make an aluminum replacement with a real drain plug?
And now that this old girl is broken in I'm ready to try and get 500hp out of her.

Well cherio folks,

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So hello everybody, I hope getting things answered on here is easier than trying to search threads. I have a 2017 Sport and just got underneath and it looks like its leaking pretty good. Not sure why anybody on the planet would put a plastic oil plan on this car or any car, but also a weird half turn oil plug? Like wtf. Any who, does somebody make an aluminum replacement with a real drain plug?

And now that this old girl is broken in I'm ready to try and get 500hp out of her.



Well cherio folks,



Later.
Plastic pans are becoming the norm for weight savings and for noise reduction. Ford has switched to the 1/4 turn plug for most of the engines now. TBH I like the plug, it's easy to remove but you have to have the catch pan up close and it better be able to take all 6 qts in 15 seconds.

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Plastic pans are becoming the norm for weight savings and for noise reduction. Ford has switched to the 1/4 turn plug for most of the engines now. TBH I like the plug, it's easy to remove but you have to have the catch pan up close and it better be able to take all 6 qts in 15 seconds.

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I like it as well, it's simple and can reinstall with my fingers. I was ready for this vehicle. I have lots of practice when I learned my lesson nine years ago with the Ford 6.7L and this new style pan/drain when 13 qts evacuated within 15 seconds from the side...

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Another benefit is the pan won't corrode or rot once things get old. Up here in New England and other states in the rust belt, every little bit of rust-free materials helps.

FWIW, I like the half turn plug too. You know exactly when the oil is about to come out. This car hands down has the easiest oil change I've ever done in a home garage.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've got one of those coming Monday.

But also remember plastic today isn't like plastic even 20 years ago. I use plastic rhino ramps and they don't even flinch when I drive up on em
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This kind of thing happens even on metal pans the gasket fails and thats it you have a leak, it sucks but its a easy fix.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've got one of those coming Monday.

But also remember plastic today isn't like plastic even 20 years ago. I use plastic rhino ramps and they don't even flinch when I drive up on em
The newer plastic Rhino Ramps are known to fail very easily, they're not the same Rhino Ramps from 15 years ago unfortunately. I switched to Race Ramps, a bit more expensive but you're basically driving onto 2 high density foam blocks that won't collapse/crack.

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Included in reason for using plastic oil pan should probably be reduced cost for the manufacturer. I've got no issue with either the pan or the drain plug although I did purchase a spare plug to put on the shelf (~$3 at friendly dealer) since the O-Ring is not sold separately. Side note is that I did have to replace the oil pan on daughter's ZX-2 due to it rusting.
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So my problem with this whole situation is my car has 48k miles on it and it is leaking like it need a gasket over haul on the whole motor. Like my 2017 is leaving oil stains on friends driveways and I have to joke as if I am driving a Mercedes that leaks all the time. I would add 5 lbs of weight to my car if it meant no leaking oil. And furthermore I understand yes it is super easy to release the drain plug, but its also easy for anybody else that you made mad to reach up underneath and give that bad boy a half twist and now your car is out of oil.

I would say it is worse for the F150 owners because their vehicle is higher off the ground and easier to get a hold of.

But anyways. I am swapping it out regardless, and if nobody on this forum has a fix I guess I will move on to another forum.

Thank you for the help.
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Welcome to the club. I’ve had my oil pan swapped 3x (under warranty). It’s been 15k miles since the last one so I guess my dealer got it right

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