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I patched the pinhole that I found in my oil pan the other night with JB weld and it looks like its going to work. Put the dyed oil back in and drove about 50 miles tonight. Pan is dry and no signs of oil leaks! Fingers crossed, Christmas may have come early for me!!

Now maybe I can go back to thinking about those new struts..........

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I think you have the right idea. The new struts won't be expensive if all you do is THINK about them. Otherwise, well..........

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JB Weld is one of the best inventions since sliced bread. I know a lot of people potty mouth the stuff, but if you preped the surface correctly, the patch will last for decades.

I fixed the keyway on a crankshaft on an Escort we used to have w/ it . We put over 30000 miles on & last I knew it is still running about 5 years later ( now ) :P

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How did the pan get the hole in it do you think? Was there impact damage? Could the bad struts have caused the car to bottom out over a bump? Mike

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There were scrape marks on the cross member and the front of the pan. Like from pulling into a parking space too fast. I guess there was a tiny fracture in the center seam of the pan at the front. The hardest part in finding it was that it was so small, that only hot oil would get through it. I kept wiping it off trying to find it, but it would stay dry until I drove it again. I don't think I'd have ever found it without the dye!

I like the JB Weld too - figure its always worth a try before going to the next step..... I recently got hero status for fixing my girlfriend's son's lucky magnet with it :)

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jack could you post the information about the dye, ie who makes it and where you found it? Thanks, Mike

Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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The dye I got was from the independent parts store I use. It was similar to the attached:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...&s=hi&n=3753001

He could only get it by the case, so he called one of his cutomers that had bought a case and got me a bottle for about $7. I'm sure its available other places too, although Autozone didn't have it.

The dye makes the oil bright yellow under a black light.

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Thats great info, Thanks

Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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  • 2 weeks later...

JB weld IS the best thing since sliced bread. We own a Monte SS that developed a leak at the intake manifold. Turns out that the manifold was corroded. I used JB weld to "fill in" the corroded part that was a sealing surface. That was years ago, and it still holds up! Viva las JB weld!

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JB Weld is one of the best inventions since sliced bread.  I know a lot of people potty mouth the stuff, but if you preped the surface correctly, the patch will last for decades.

NOooo . . . . , heated seats are the best invention. It was 10.5 degrees here last night! :P:P

Regards,

Warren

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Warren, I've got to give you credit on that one! But JB weld still kicks major can! I did many crazy things with it in high school. I "bulit" a JB weld "ball" that was as hard as a rock. I "fixed" a power steering belt, basically reattached a belt that worked fine for the life of the car. I even "glued" a quarter to the sidewalk that could not be removed until it was ground away! JB weld will bond anything to anything! It will always be in my toolbox. GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota all reference to a part number in their books that is essentially JB weld! That reference to the intake manifold leak on the Monte SS? Look it up in the PSB manual of 1989. It does refer to a JB wled compound to fix what I did with that intake. I do not have every PSB manual GM has issued, but I do have that one in my possession. I can't speak much for cast or forged steel. But for aluminum or pot metal, it is gold!

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