Oil Pan Damaged Wire Mesh Replacement

longlivelancelonglivelance Posts: 21Member
edited November 4 in HUDSON
After I dropped my oil pan and cleaned it out a little, I found that the screens inside we're missing or badly damaged.

I had a few of questions about them:

  1. Would I just replace them with something like a stainless steel woven wire 20 mesh? Or is something else better?
  2. How could I attach them to the pan?
  3. What could have caused the gashes in the two damaged screens? I did not find anything in the pan that looks like it could have caused this.


  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,706Senior Contributor
    Originally they were copper mesh, and were soldered to the steel of the pan. I would suggest silver solder with a flux. Copper mesh was used because it has good thermal conductivity and was relatively easy to solder to the steel pan. Stainless mesh has poor thermal conductivity and thus is more difficult to solder satisfactorily. The mesh used appears to be about #30 mesh with 0.012" wire diameter.
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 425Senior Contributor
    Theses guys have Copper Mesh:

  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,706Senior Contributor
    If you order from McMaster this appears closest to 30 mesh;
    30 × 300.021"40%0.012"9224T82

  • longlivelancelonglivelance Posts: 21Member
    Thanks for the info, explanation, & links! I've ordered some of that copper mesh and will do my best to clean these pans up with the advice I have received.
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