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I wanted to know if there is two oil pans,i noticed a another pan under there the carriage does the oil go toward a scondary pan if it is full?

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I noticed the same thing on mine......If you look, it seems that its all one pan...

When i changed my oil i just took out the rear bolt...i didnt mess with the one in the front.

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