Question about 2000 Ford Contour
It shouldn't be that big of a deal. If the oil pan is the only part that has oil on it, it is most likely an oil pan gasket or rtv sealant that needs to be replaced. If you have actual holes in the pan then your problem is probably bigger. Depending on how bad the rust is, getting those fasenters out might present a problem so I would try turning a couple before draining all the oil. If the bolts turn then drain the oil from the plug as if you were doing an oil change. There are twelve of these bolts and there is a proper untightening and tightening sequence which is difficult to explain without a diagram but try and work in a spiral pattern from the center. Once it is off make sure you scrape all rtv off and any oil residue otherwise it will leak again. Re-apply rtv or whatever ford recommends and when it is ready, put it back trying to tighten the bolts from the center working your way out in a criss cross spiral pattern. Hope all goes well
Posted on May 12, 2009
Oil pan on 2000 Ford Contour
When jacking up the car for inspection/repair,
1) place gearshift in PARK, safety
2) apply handbrakes, safety
3) block all wheels, safety
4) put blocks under car to prevent it falling. safety
Make sure it's not a leaking drain plug because of strip/crossed threads. An oversized plug can solve that.
IFand only IF you determine that the oil pan has a hole, look at all the bolts on the perimeter of the pan. Can all of them be reached with a socket/extension ? If so you could probably change the pan.
Drain the oil.
The oil pan bolts should be placed in the same holes they were removed from. (Note the torque on the bolts). Some cars have different length bolts on some holes and this will prevent a miix-up.
The pan will probably then have to be pryed off since the gasket will be holding it. Be sure to scrap off all the old gasket from the engine block and wipe it clean.
The new oil pan should be installed with a new gasket with sealant(both sides of gasket) to prevent leaks. Use proper torque on the bolts. Don't over tighten.
Replace the oil.
You can get car service manuals from library, auto supply stores or the internet.
Posted on May 12, 2009
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