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How to change the oil pan on my 2000 Ford Contour 4cyl.......I was told at the oil change place that it was all rusted out and leaking and needs to be replaced....How big a job is this???? Can I do this, or should I bring it to a mechanic? Thank you.............

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Did you look at the pan and verify that it is rusted and leaking? If it's not leaking, just sand it and re-paint it.

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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

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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

  • marionbagget May 12, 2009



    In some instances the oil can be coming from an oil sending unit which needs to be replaced.

    Sometimes the bolts holding the oil pan need to be tighten.

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