Fixing an oil pan gasket leak can be a frustrating ordeal. You probably have a lot of questions. Can I fix it at home? How much will it cost? What do I need to buy? With the help of BlueDevil Products, you’ll be driving again in no time at all. Whether you’re a professional or you’re dealing with your very first car, Everything you need to know about your oil pan replacement can be found right here. We’ll guide you every step of the way! For additional help, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team today! Additionally, avoid getting a replacement by sealing your leak from home and preventing future leaks with the BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak additive.
Your Guide to an Easy Oil Pan Replacement
Continue reading our step-by-step guide below or watch the how-to video above to find out everything you need to know about replacing your oil pan.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
If you have a leak oil pan gasket that needs replacing, you’ll likely notice one of the following issues:
- A puddle of oil under your car
- Smoke coming from your engine
- Engine overheating
- Lower than normal oil levels
Step 2: Confirm the Source
The first thing you want to do is make sure you’ve identified the right problem and that your engine oil leak is, in fact, coming from your oil pan gasket. An oil pan is the reservoir at the bottom of your engine that collects oil after it has been cycled through your engine. It’s worth noting that just because you have oil around your oil pan doesn’t mean your oil pan gasket is leaking. Additionally, if you find oil above your pan, it may be dripping down from another leak source. The best way to be sure that you need an oil pan replacement is to thoroughly clean all the oil from your engine using a degreaser or engine cleaner. Then, go for a quick drive (10 to 20 minutes) and recheck for leaks. Caution: your engine will be hot! If you don’t discover leaking oil from anywhere above your oil pan, then it’s likely your leak is coming from the oil pan gasket.
Step 3: Purchase Replacement Parts (If You’re Fixing at Home)
This one is pretty obvious. Before you can begin replacing your oil pan, you’ll need to research the specific parts that your car needs. Once you’ve ordered your parts, you’ll be good to go!
Step 4: Removing and Replacing the Oil Pan
Depending on your car, oil pans can be difficult to get to. They are often attached via a significant number of small bolts and can sometimes be obstructed by the frame of your vehicle or steering components. On some vehicles, you have to remove the front sub frame or even the motor to remove the oil pan.
Even if your oil pan is easy to get to, it can still be a job best left to professionals. The pan is bolted to the engine block, and if one of your bolts is damaged or broken you may have to remove the broken bolts. Also, your oil pan is made of relatively thin metal so it can be easy to damage during removal. If your oil pan is dented or bent during removal it can be very difficult to get a good seal on a new gasket when you reinstall your old oil pan. Here are the steps to successfully replacing your oil pan on your own:
- Remove all the oil pan mounting bolts
- Gently pry the oil pan from the engine block
- Clean the mounting surface on the engine
- Install the new oil pan with a new gasket or gasket making material
- Torque the mounting bolts to specification in the correct order
In 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. 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!
How Much Will My Oil Pan Replacement Cost?
Oil pan replacements typically cost between $100 and $400, depending on the make of your car and where you’re getting the pan replaced. Parts to replace an oil pan in a Honda Accord, for instance, cost approximately $250, not including labor. Add an additional $200 or $300 if you’re not fixing your leak at home.
How to Sop an Oil Pan Leak at Home
If you’ve used BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak as an industry-leading additive to your oil but your oil pan is still leaking, you can learn more about oil pan replacements on our YouTube channel Live Leak Free. Watch the video below!
Pick up BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak today from one of our partnering local auto parts stores like AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts.