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My 09 Smart was leaking oil at the drain plug. I changed my oil today and the plug was stripped out when I went to reinstall it. Appears previous owner/dealer put Teflon tape on the threads to try and stop the leak. I had already purchased an OEM plug/screen so I know it’s not that part. Its looking like it’s the aluminum pan that’s stripped. My question... do I need an OEM pan or will a cheaper one work just as good? 77373774-33AC-43AC-A7F0-84E71B54EB26.png 0D209226-EA32-4511-9DC4-4B1FB68371D5.png B483EF0A-D6B3-4B9F-B32D-88055F543924.png
 

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Normally I'd say something along the general lines of "if the shoe fits".... But seeing as that shoe is during the liquid that'll keep your engine running.... Eeh....

It's the same mentality when building a computer. Do you really want to spend a lot of money on all the hardware, and risk powering it with a bargain basement power supply?

Long story short, I feel if it's as important as something like an oil pan, better to spend a small amount more now, than risk having to spend a lot more later.

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I think I would agree with you. Just thought I‘d ask to be sure. I have a Honda Helix scooter and I only use OEM Honda parts because they just work better. Also what’s the process of removing the pan? Am I gonna need OEM mechanics also? lol I used a Dorman 090-151CD plug for now until I get a pan. These plugs have twice the threads of the OEM plug so it snugs up great. They just don’t have the screens on them. My oil change had 8400 miles on it and the screen was clean as a whistle. So I figure it won’t hurt it until I can get the pan swapped out. The car is a 2009 with 91,175 miles on it. A8EF0265-A5A8-4E4D-953A-D25C334D99D8.jpeg
 
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