neon oil drain plug leak

Discussion in 'Neon' started by Mike, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    After getting tired of hearing my landlord bitch about my gf not
    parking on the board he has placed in the driveway for her car, and
    hearing about the damages to he driveway which has the cheapest
    ashfault avalible, I desided to try to track down the very small oil
    leak in the car. It appears to only leak over night when the car cools
    down. This leak is so small that over a two month period, the engine
    has not lost enough oil to show a difference on the dip stick.
    Anyway, I noticed that the oil appears to be coming off of the Oil
    drain plug. I have heard that it is possible to have the drain plug
    threads damaged. Is there any way to resolve this small leak without
    replacing the oil pan? I really do not want to spend too much money on
    the car, but I am tired of hearing the wining of my landlord.
    Any Ideas?

    e-mail mlawrenc(at)
    Mike, Aug 18, 2004
  2. Is the drain plug supposed to have a washer? Is it there? Is it damaged
    and in need of replacing? A plastic washer is cheap and might be the cure
    to your problem.
    Alex Rodriguez, Aug 18, 2004
  3. Mike

    bm Guest

    most times the washer needs replacing, should be done every oil change.
    the drain plug threads are softer than the pan, and designed so that if it
    is threaded wrong, it is supposed to damage the plug not the pan. but that
    doesnt always happen.
    if it was just done by a garage recently, if you just bring it back there
    they most likely will put a new gasket on for free. (if they changed it) new
    plugs arent expensive, around here under $5.
    hope that helps
    bm, Aug 19, 2004
  4. Mike

    deadbeat Guest

    The drain plug and gasket are one piece on the neon. My MIL has a 97 and the
    drain plug leaked, even after I bought a new one for her car. What I ended
    up doing was filing the oil pan smooth, were the drain hole was. that cured
    her leak for the drain plug. The aluminum pan has a lot of flash and burrs
    around all the edges. you could try that. Plug the hole with a cloth so as
    not to introduce filings into oil pan.
    deadbeat, Aug 19, 2004
Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.