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How to remove oil pan

Looked underneath and it looks like a bear to remove oil pan, can't even see half of the bolts. Can anyone tell me what's involved in dropping that pan. Thanks!

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I see a lot of posts like this, with almost no information at all. Every car is different, so without knowing the make/ model/ engine you're asking about, it's impossible for anyone to help you with this. On some cars, you have to remove part of the exhaust system. Some require removal of other parts as well. Some require special tools the average joe isn't likely to own. Try reposting this again with a bit more info please.

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Its more involved than you think. You need to look at the passenger side of the engine. There is a support bracket under the crank pulley or just inside of that, that needs to come down or removed to get the pan out.

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The impressive looking thing is the balance shaft assembly. These counter-rotating shafts balance out the inherent vibration of the engine. You can remove it, as long as you do not disrupt the gear placements relationship to each other. The balance assembly is set to a specific point.

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Junkyard for the pan. Either that or go an import specific shop, they should be able to at least you find one.
I highly doubt that you have to drop the whole engine. You shouldn't have to completely remove the transaxle to pull the oil pan but you probably do have to pull a few bolts.  By the way, if your oil pan is leaking, you can most likely just replace the oil pan gasket unless it is really warped.

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The car has three mounts in a triangle configuration. The front trans mount, the passenger side motor mount and the rear motor mount. I do not know if anyone has ever successfully raised the engine to slide the pan out, but remember, if you do this, the pan goes back on with anaerobic gasket maker on it, so make sure you can slide it out with grating on the underside of the block. If you can't, then it will likely be impossible to get back in place without smearing the gasket maker all over and making a heck of a mess. The commonly accepted way to remove the pan is to remove the two front subframe bolts and allow the subframe to drop enough to get the clearance you require. The bolts are 18 mm heads and are really torqued on there so you will need a serious breaker bar and cheater bar to go with it. USE SOLID JACKSTANDS or BETTER YET, RAMPS to do this. The force you will need to apply can take the car right off a single jack.

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If all the bolts are off, then the gasket is holding the oil pan in place and your going to have to tap it with a mallet, Not a hammer but a mallet so you don not damage the oil pan. Good luck and hope this helps.

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