Oil Pan Gasket
Oil keeps the engine performing at its best by keeping its moving parts cleaner and safer from friction, resulting in better MPG, longer engine life, and less harmful emissions. Oil leaks shouldn't go unnoticed and left untreated. Otherwise, the engine will suffer. To fix leaks, you can't just replace the oil pan and think that everything will be okay. Most of the time, it's the oil pan gasket and not the pan itself that's causing oil to leak out of the pan. Inspect the pan to check for cracks, holes, or any sign of damage. If everything checks out, then take a closer look at the gasket. This might be broken due to excess heat in the engine or wear caused by prolonged use. If the gasket is the one at fault, the good news is that it's not only cheaper to replace but also easier to change. We'll help you fix the busted oil pan gasket with this step-by-step guide, so oil leaks won't be messing with engine efficiency and overall engine performance.
Tools you'll need:
- Floor jack
- Set of jack stands
- Socket wrench
- Drain pan
- Torque wrench
- Oil pan gasket
Note: Make sure that the new gasket is built to fit into your vehicle's oil pan for trouble-free installation. While at it, get your own repair manual that's specific to the make and model of your vehicle to guide you with gasket replacement and the needed torque levels for oil pan bolts.
Step 1: Start by lifting the vehicle using a jack with stands to fully support its weight.
Step 2: Put a drain pan under the oil drain plug. After this, you can pull out the plug to drain the pan of engine oil. Make sure that the oil pan's bottom is supported as you let oil flow out into the drain pan. You might need someone to hold it for you or use anything that can support the bottom.
Step 3: Undo the bolts that secure the oil pan. To get to the pan, you may need to remove other components that are in the way, although in some vehicles, this is no longer necessary. If you'll remove any item, be sure to remember its proper assembly or placement so that you can reinstall it easily.
Step 4: Pull out the gasket from the pan. Do this carefully to make sure that the old oil pan gasket will be taken off completely. After removing the broken gasket, clean the surface or area where it had been.
Step 5: Put in a new oil pan gasket and then reinstall the oil pan. Place the pan back to its proper location. Once everything is lined up, secure this with bolts. See to it that the bolts are tightened according to recommended torque levels. Check the repair manual or manufacturer label.
Step 6: Put back the drain plug and any item that you had to remove. Add the drained oil to the pan or refill it with fresh oil.
Step 7: Lower the vehicle and then check for oil leaks.