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Bolts are out, oil pan will not come off, what am I missing?

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Hi Entity,

First, I have to ask, the oil has been drained right? Good.

Vehicle is safely supported by jack stands? wheels chocked? Good.

Next, you aren't missing anything. The last time it was off, it's likely permatex or some other type of gasket forming goop in a tube was used. These products work well and at times like these, maybe too well.

During the process of removing the pan, the thing you DO NOT want to do is damage the connecting surfaces. That may cause leakage in the future.

With that in mind, you need something to pry them apart that is strong, yet softer than the metal you are separating. In the past I've had success with those plastic putty knife sets you can find at the dollar stores.

Just work them one by one into the seam to separate the pan from the block. The further you get, the easier it will become.

Once it has enough play to get your fingers in, pull it down and off.

Hope you found this to be very useful

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Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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Tap lightly with a rubber hammer. You have to break the seal. Howerver don't pry it apart you could damage the mating surfaces.

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