Helpful links on how threads got stripped and by who:
Seems to be a common problem with some shops, where they don't take good care.
2004 Ford Taurus SES, DuraTec V6, 115,000 miles
Oil change performed at dealership.
He indicated the oil pan threads are "almost gone".
Says this could lead to a very big leak and a small leak over time (I think there is a small leak).
Nevertheless, he says it will cost:
$275 for a new oil pan
$75 for a new gasket
few hours labor, $90/hr
This sounds like a lot.
Are there methods to restore the existing threads on this oil pan?
How easy is it to remove the oil pan on this car?
Is it Ok to get these parts from a junk yard?
Any other solutions I am unaware of for this problem?
Also this might be the answer to my older question.