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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Patriot Belly Pan Fastener

Removed my belly pan for the oil and filter replacement and noticed that a fastener seems to be missing from the center of the pan. Anyone else notice this or do you have a fastener at this location like the pan design suggests?

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Mine was the same way. Problem is that after a period of time the cover will sag thereby increasing the gap between the oil pan and the cover. Then, when you are on a rough road the cover jumps up an down and hits the pan making a tapping noise which will certainly be misconstrued as imminent doom by many or most. Go to the auto parts store and get a fastener and plug it in. Paranoia avoided! By the way, removal of the cover is not necessary for the oil and filter change.
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Mine was the same way. Problem is that after a period of time the cover will sag thereby increasing the gap between the oil pan and the cover. Then, when you are on a rough road the cover jumps up an down and hits the pan making a tapping noise which will certainly be misconstrued as imminent doom by many or most. Go to the auto parts store and get a fastener and plug it in. Paranoia avoided! By the way, removal of the cover is not necessary for the oil and filter change.
I am missing that as well, and I do get that annoying tapping noise.

Any idea what size thread, and pitch, the fastener is?
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I just bought a large one that expanded when you push the center pin in. No threads involved. It might have been 1/4 or 3/8 ?? Been a while.......
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Why are you removing anything to change your oil? There is a hole for the filter big enough to put your hand through and the plug isn't covered by the pan.

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I'm kinda anal that way, I removed the belly pan for a cleaner oil change job.
Also, I'll be checking with the dealer to supply the appropriate pop fastener.
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Yea, mine was also missing. I picked up a 1/4" J-nut and a 1/4-20 stainless steel bolt and washer from Home Depot and bolted it in. According to the dealer, there's supposed to be a chunk of foam padding there to keep it quiet. I was also missing a plastic clip off the lower front bumper cover where it attached to the lower radiator support on the passenger side. I had posted a thread about it a long time ago and several people were missing the same clip.

Here's my old thread with some pictures: Front end rattles, bangs and clunks (some solved, some not)

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Yea, mine was also missing. I picked up a 1/4" J-nut and a 1/4-20 stainless steel bolt and washer from Home Depot and bolted it in. According to the dealer, there's supposed to be a chunk of foam padding there to keep it quiet. I was also missing a plastic clip off the lower front bumper cover where it attached to the lower radiator support on the passenger side. I had posted a thread about it a long time ago and several people were missing the same clip.

Here's my old thread with some pictures: Front end rattles, bangs and clunks (some solved, some not)
Thanks for the update. Read thru your old thread and it appears the dealer may not have a clue. I'm still trying to get my wavy inside rear view mirror squared away. I was on a road trip in Texas and stopped by a dealer to have him check his mirrors on his new units and they were as bad as mine.
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Why are you removing anything to change your oil? There is a hole for the filter big enough to put your hand through and the plug isn't covered by the pan.
I also don't remove anything...The hole is enough for me when I'm changing my oil...
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I've removed the pan for tranny fluid changes and mine just came with 4 fasteners. They're a couple bucks apiece at the dealer.

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I'm kinda anal that way, I removed the belly pan for a cleaner oil change job.
Also, I'll be checking with the dealer to supply the appropriate pop fastener.
Huh? How is it a "Cleaner Change" No oil gets on the backside of the belly pan unless you have no clue on how to change the oil or have the wrong tools for the job..

Lot of extra work for nothing, its not designed to be removed for each oil change.

Bet the dealer will laugh at you and then gladly charge you a huge price for a clip you should not need.
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