Magnesium? Sounds like an expensive replacement. And yeah I'm aware of the oil plug problem; had to replace a pan in my Dodge due to the worn-out oil plug. It had become stripped, and was replaced with an oversized plug, but eventually that would no longer hold either.
Maybe if the leak is slow enough (one quart per month) I could let it go. Just keep driving it as is?
OWN: 61mpg Insight (greenercars.org score: 57)
both blue and silver,
and a 45mpg BeetleTDI (score: 47).
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.
Tig welding would be ideal, just thought that JB Weld would be a major step up from the epoxy that had failed and may actually work well enough to avoid having to replace the oil pan.
Indeed, much better than epoxy. There was an attempt at patching with epoxy around an oil pressure sender leak on my car by previous owner or others; it let go suddenly after slowly weeping a bit.
Just surf'd their Web page says' JB Weld's good for 550F/288C, so I guess that would be ok if applied on an oil free surface, cleaned with degreaser. Likely a lot less expensive and easier than hiring a welder.
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