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Old 05-04-2017, 07:59 AM   #1
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My 330 taken out by road debris

Well crap.

I hit what looked like part of an axel last week. It was totally unavoidable with cars all around me.

Anyway, I heard it as it hit, turned off the radio, rolled down the windows, but did n't hear anything for the next 5 miles or so.

After a little stop and go traffic I heard my rear driver's side tire and knew I had a flat. Lucky for me I was only a 1/4 mile from home and carry an air compressor.

After I got home I was thinking "No big deal, I'll just get a new tire". About 3 hours later I go to take my dog for a walk and see that I've leaked a few quarts of oil. I never even got a low oil light.

Problme is, I live in a townhouse without a garage. TT my mechanic who's seen this a lot and was told it could be the oil pan, oil cooler, or the transmission.

The leak's up front between the tires so I'm guessing it the pan which is going to cost me 6-8 hundred bucks to fix.

Rant off/ at least I have my Yamaha and the weather's nice
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:02 AM   #2
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That really sucks. Did it scratch up any of the bodywork as well?

GL with the repairs. Dibs on your driver's side skirt if you decide to part it out. (too soon?)
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:13 AM   #3
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Hopefully it's just the pan! Shame you can't DIY that, junkyard for the pan, new gasket, good to go.

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Old 05-04-2017, 08:28 AM   #4
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looks more tranny related to me, which could end up being cheaper and easier (if its just a busted tranny pan)
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:49 AM   #5
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That really sucks. Did it scratch up any of the bodywork as well?

GL with the repairs. Dibs on your driver's side skirt if you decide to part it out. (too soon?)
LMAO, No, just the tire and leakage.

You're mean

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looks more tranny related to me, which could end up being cheaper and easier (if its just a busted tranny pan)
Thx, I hope so.

Mechanic did say the tranny is more common.
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:59 AM   #6
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I wish I could DIY it. I don't have the space or the tools yet.
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:05 AM   #7
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Sucks bro.
A few years ago I hit, what appeared to be a bumper laying in the left lane. I was doing 120 km/h. Took out my fog lights, and damaged a bit of the plastic covering underneath.
Shitty when it's totally not your fault, and your good car is damaged.
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:07 AM   #8
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It does appear to be coming from transmission area with where the fluid is on the exhaust.

Have you checked your engine oil dipstick?


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Old 05-04-2017, 09:19 AM   #9
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BTDT. Was driving my Infiniti G20 one night on the freeway and the car in front of me suddenly swerved. I had virtually no time to react since I didn't know if anyone was around me. All I could do was pray the thing in the road was soft. It wasn't. Turned out to be a fork from a forklift laying on its side. The one side of the car went airborne and broke (not bent) two wheels and killed a front shock. That hit HARD. I'll never forget it.

Hope your issue is a reasonably easy fix.
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:20 AM   #10
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This is why you pay for insurance on your car.
If you have no insurance then you have to crawl underneath it, identify the leak, fix it. Or sell it and buy something else
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:41 AM   #11
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Most insurance claims require a deductible around $500 depending on your coverage.

It's worth getting checked out before filing a claim and causing your rates to increase.

BUT that is a great point. If it is not a cheap fix let insurance take care of it. Just make sure to choose your own repair shop not their recommended shop.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:53 AM   #12
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K beat me to it- file a claim IF it starts to get expensive. Then get new skid plastic, etc, while you're under there.

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Why not get a used oil pan on ebay for ~ $150
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Why not get a used oil pan on ebay for ~ $150
1) He doesn't know for sure if that's what's busted.
2) More than a little impractical to replace an oil pan in a parking lot with no garage. Hell, it's hard enough when you have access to a lift...
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:57 PM   #15
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LOL, watch 5 minutes of this and you can see why me trying to DIY this in a parking lot would be a PITA (If it's the oil pan)

Not going through Ins. I have a thousand dollar deductible.

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Old 05-04-2017, 05:38 PM   #16
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Check your dip stick lol.
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:49 AM   #17
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Check your dip stick lol.
Yeah, why didn't I think of that?
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engine oil pan, pita. even with engine support, thats easily an all day job. i've done 3 of them. ay

trans oil pan, you better hope its that!
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Man that sucks.

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Man that sucks.

Now for the pics of the Yami!
Yep, that's me. Last month sucked.
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