2002 Honda Accord Stripped bolt and Oil Pan

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2002 Honda Accord 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 97550 miles

I have a 2002 Honda Accord. I went to get the oil changed yesterday and they told me the bolt and oil pan were stripped of the threads and would need to be replaced. When I asked the cause they said the last person to change the oil either put it in at an angle or tightened it too tight. After I told them (Honda Dealer) that they are the only ones to change my oil, they said age of the vehicle is probably the reason. Is this true? I feel like since I am a woman they are trying to take advantage. I told them then there is a 66% chance that they are the ones that caused the problem and they should be responsible for that, but I find it curious that the age of the vehicle didn't come up until AFTER I stated they were the ones that did all the work on my car. Thank You.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 AT 8:43 AM

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This is very common and does happen because of age. Your oil pan is aluminum ( a soft metal ) and since that drain plug (the bolt) has been replaced and re-installed so many times, eventually it will start to ruin the threads on the aluminum pan.

This is not the shops fault what so ever, they just removed the bolt and found out that all the threads were gone.

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 AT 8:59 PM

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