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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 04:20 PM
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Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

I`m about to replace the Rear main seal. I started this morning, but i can`t get the oilpan off. Is it normal that it`s stucked so bad? I have pounded it with a 2x4, tried gently hammering around the whole pan, but useless. Is there some trick to get it loose, or is it just too keep on hammering? I also tought about using a gas-torch(?) to heat up the mating surfaces and the gasket. Is this a good idea, or do i end up setting the engine on fire? And yes, i`m sure i removed ALL of the bolts holding the pan.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 04:26 PM
 
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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

With age, it's common for any gasket adhesive/sealer to to become hard as a rock and a royal pain to get off. I definately wouldn't break out the torch just yet though. Have you tried slipping a very thin screwdriver or knife between the mating surface and just working it around to try and break the sealer and pan loose? You'll have to be extremely careful not to distort the lip of the pan though. I'd be leary of pounding on it too much though since it is possible to dent the stock pans (although not real easy if you hit near the edge).
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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

I had the same problem a few months ago, I used a putty knife and it took forever! Just don't give up and take lots of beer breaks [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

I used a razor blade didn't take too long.
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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

I don't know what underneath your engine looks like..
but you could always try to get something like a jack handle in their,and pry it against something and use it as a lever to break the seal and push it sideways.
I believe I used a screwdriver..but I do have a swapped in engine, so what I'm thinking about might not apply
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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

Do a search for "stuck oil pan". I have seen plenty of ideas. I would attach the link but I don't know how to do it.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2002, 06:54 AM
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Re: Stuck oilpan (Rear main seal replacement)

Got the oil pan loose!!! Used blades from a stanley-knife and hammered them in between the surfaces. Did this on about 1/3 of the right side, and then just used a combination of a butter-knife and a skrewdriver. Thanks all for your advice. Now it`s just hard work to get all of the old gasket remains off.
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