Oil Pan Replacement

The most common reason for oil pan replacement on vehicles today is due to a stripped out oil drain plug.  Most of you won’t encounter something as severe as we have in this video where the oil pan was completely destroyed by road debris, but many of you will run into a stripped oil drain plug.

The difficulty of an oil pan replacement on your vehicle depends entirely on how the engine is mounted in the vehicle and what other equipment is under the oil pan.  On this Volkswagen Beetle, the motor is mounted away from the subframe and there isn’t any exhaust piping or other things below the oil pan.

On other vehicles, you may have to remove exhaust pipes, wiring, axles, suspension components or the subframe.  These differences between vehicles can make an oil pan replacement job take anywhere from 1 to 7 hours depending on what other equipment you need to move.  Remember that the oil pump pickup tube will hang down to the bottom of the lowest part of your oil pan so you need to have about as much clearance to drop the oil pan down as the depth of the oil pan to clear that pickup tube so keep that in mind as you’re removing components that might be in the way.

Once you’ve got everything out of the way you’re ready to remove your oil pan!

Oil Pan Replacement

  1. Remove all the oil pan mounting bolts
  2. Gently pry the oil pan from the engine block
  3. Clean the mounting surface on the engine
  4. Install the new oil pan with a new gasket or gasket making material
  5. Torque the mounting bolts to specification in the correct order

oil pan replacementIn order to ensure a good seal on your new oil pan, you will want to clean the mounting surface after you remove the old oil pan and gasket.  You should use a gasket scraper or similar tool to remove any old gasket material without damaging the engine block or other mounting surfaces.

You can use a new gasket or a liquid gasket maker to seal your new oil pan, but make sure to add a liquid sealant anywhere your new oil pan will cross a seam or gap like where the engine block meets a timing cover.

Since your oil pan is made of thin metal and has a large mounting area it’s important to install and torque the mounting bolts to the correct torque and in the correct order to ensure a good seal.  Make sure you don’t over torque the bolts or you risk having to perform thread repair on your engine block.

If this whole job sounds like too much for your vehicle or your toolbox, consider using BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak to seal any leaks in your oil pan gasket and avoid the replacement!

You can find BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak, you can find it at one of your local auto parts stores like:

  • AutoZone
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Bennett Auto Supply
  • CarQuest Auto Parts
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Pep Boys
  • Fast Track
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Specialists
  • S&E Quick Lube Distributor
  • DYK Automotive
  • Fisher Auto Parts stores
  • Auto Plus Auto Parts stores
  • Hovis Auto & Truck Supply stores
  • Salvo Auto Parts
  • Advantage Auto Stores
  • Genuine Auto Parts stores
  • Bond Auto Parts stores
  • Tidewater Fleet Supply
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts
  • Any Part Auto Parts
  • Consumer Auto Parts

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