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Old 10-30-2012, 10:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by samwichse View Post
Looks like 265 for the part
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Maybe you can find a used one? If you do replace it (I would... a dribble from an epoxy patch could quickly turn into a rush without warning), get a Fumoto valve at the same time so you don't have to worry about stripped threads in the drain... a VERY common issue with ham-fisted high school students at Jiffy Lubes and apparently dealerships.

Do you also use the hose clamp on the Fumoto valve to make sure it doesn't open accidentally or just use it as is? I like the idea of this easy to use valve...Walmart put my drain plug on so tight they couldn't get it off on the next trip (on my pt cruiser, I'd never take the Insight to them).
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I just use it as is and haven't had a problem for 160K miles. The spring is still stiff after 3 years of use.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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HONDA INSIGHT 2000 - FUMOTO DRAIN VALVE F-106N picture by AbCaRed00 - Photobucket

I've got mine mounted as seen in the pic so the lever is up out of the way of anything that might catch from under the car ... plus if you look at the cut-away diagram inset you can see the spring Varak mentions plus you have to move the lever over a notch to get it to open. No problems with it either.
[Remove the stock backing plate prior to installation and use the gasket provided with the Fumoto F-106N]
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Honda dealer charged me over $800 plus another $200 to fix the hood that did not latch closed. That damn ebay seller. He KNEW there was a damaged oil pan & nonworking hood latch, but never revealed it in the advertisement (as required by law). I don't know how dishonest sellers live with themselves:

- Had a guy sell me a PS2 with the connector broken off. Was supposedly "mint"
- Had a book delivered to me that literally feel apart when I opened it. Supposedly like "new" and mint.
- Had a DVD mailed that was all scratched-up. Supposedly like "new" in condition.
- Even amazon has started being dishonest. They sent me a printer that "only has box damage" but when I received it, the thing didn't turn-on at all. I returned it and now they are claiming they never got the return (tracking shows an amazon employee signed for it). I think I will start calling amazon "sears" instead.

To repeat: I don't know how people can live with their own dishonesty when selling. Especially with cars where you are *required by law* to reveal all the flaws in cases where the buyer cannot inspect the car himself (long distance internet sale).
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Or how about them calling the drain plug worn when they stripped it?
I saw a receipt that showed mine was rlaced by the previuos owner for $600.
Thats why I will do my own oil change even if it costs more than having it done.
And thats just for the materials!
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jeff652 View Post
I had one with a hairline crack. I asked here if it could be TIG welded and got laughed at. Apparently oil soaked magnesium is not as easy to weld as aluminum . . .
Could be done, but just isn't worth it unless the welder's time is free. The thing would need to be thoroughly cleaned, the blasted, then the crack ground completely to eliminate all the junk caught in it and expose the whole thing. It would need to be V'ed out so there was plenty of room to sink a good weld, then of course the actual welding. Probably 5 - 6 hours.

I have a cracked Insight pan I've been meaning to weld up for a while, just to see if I can. On the long list of projects though.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Like the Cosmo!!!!!
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