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Removal of Oil pan

96 Pontiac Grand Am
I have removed the motor mount, top and bottom. Removed ten bolts from around the pan lip. Removed two bolts from the side of the pan. Removed a bracket bolt.

The pan is still note loose. I must be missing one more unseen bolt.


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  • kcurbaniak Jan 19, 2009

    There were three more side bolts between the transmission and oil pans. After removinganother braket I was able to feel the head of the bolt and removed it with a 15mm wrench. The oil pan did fall off after this.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    95 4x4 3.0 motor



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Did you try giving it a gentle smack with a rubber hammer? these pans are usually glued on with silicone and will not just fall off after unbolting... sometimes you need to get something like a paint scraper and slide it between block and rail to seperate the two.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Jan 19, 2009

    That's where your eyes are more important than what I can write. It's also why I recommended using a paint scraper rather than a screwdriver. Using the scraper, if there are any remaining bolts, the scraper is more likely to bend, rather than breaking the pan rail, giving you a chance to remove those remaining bolts.Pan dropped right away...good...most of the ones I've done were pretty well glued (a real pain)
    You did not mention why you are removing the pan but be aware that if you are planning to change bearings, the crankshafts on these engines become "egg shaped" and will destroy a new bearing. Make sure you check each journal to ensure they are round before going further.



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