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#1 Old 11-19-2013, 05:44 AM
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2004 Xterra Oil Leakage (Picture)

Hey guys,
New owner of a 04' Xterra - love it! Anyways, I noticed a very small collection of oil drying on my garage floor last night, so naturally, I poked my head up under the frame. Oh boy - sure found something. Notice the picture. Sorry for the extreme closeness of the photo - not much room. Guessing that is my oil pan? I bought the xterra from a dealer - carfax had a clean 1 owner history but living near the shore. Guessing the salt air might have rusted away the oil pan? Current mileage is 115k. No problems otherwise - oil light is not on, and the oil level looks a bit overfilled, but close to the max amount.




So questions:

1: That is the oil pan correct? I'm guessing yes, since it has the drain plug lol
2: What's most likely the problem? Simple or big fix from those who have this problem? Going in today to get it checked for an estimate and diagnostic.
3: Solutions? lol

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Wow. Judging by the amount of corrosion under there, I would say that your oil leak is not a problem, but a feature.

I would replace that entire oil pan. It's hard to tell but it looks like it's exfoliating in places. The pan should cost you around $100 and a gasket should cost you under $10. No clue what the labor would be, but I can't imagine it taking more than an hour to do.

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^^^ a lot more than an hour if it's 4wd! That would not be a fun job.

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Yup it's a 4wd - I guess we'll see what the shop says later
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That would not be a fun job.
Especially if the hardware is corroded!

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#6 Old 11-19-2013, 06:10 PM
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Shop guy said what we all were thinking - pan has to go. Nice hefty $750 charge, mostly labor, go figure (thanks 4WD). Ah well, has to be done - such is life.
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