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Sway bar dosent fit correctly need a custom sway bar the oil pan touches sway bar
Hello and thanks for your question. If the oil pan is touching the sway bar on the vehicle, you can get an oil pan that is more for performance that has a wider bottom but not as deep. By doing...
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leak in oil pan
This is a fairly simple repair in terms of labor. The oil must be drained and then the pan comes of with a number of bolts and is very straightforward. The largest expense with this repair will likely be the...
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I am having an oil leak coming from the bottom and the top of my engine, what could cause this?
Hi there. Most of the time these leaks come from the valve cover gaskets or the upper oil pan area. If the leak is really small, it can be caused by a failure in the PVC system. If the leak...
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Need a new pan, lug, gasket.
Hello. It is never recommended to drill a new hole in your oil pan although many have done it. The best recommendation if your oil drain plug is stripped out is to replace the oil pan. It is an extreme...
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Doesn't $800 seem a little high for an oil pan gasket replacement?
Hello. This is less than an issue about the ethics of a dealership service center, and more about the cost overhead of the 2 different business models (dealership and YourMechanic). A dealership has a much more expensive cost structure: building,...
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DMTL and oil filter housing and pan gasket need fixing - what is essential to pass the inspection?
If the check engine light is on, or if there are any trouble codes on the ECU the car will not pass inspection in North Carolina. The DTML Pump is part of the evaporative emission control system. It's job is...
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I took my car to get a oil change and valve cover gaskets replaced when I got it back it was smoking and leaking oil terribly als
Hi - and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Inspecting for an oil leak - If the oil pan is leaking - yes there is a possibility of the oil splashing onto the exhaust only while driving. Then in this case...
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I can hear a rattling noise under my hood close to the outside of the motor
Hey there. I would not expect anything in or around the oil pan itself to make rattling noises that might be considered musical. Heat shields for exhaust manifolds and other metal brackets and shielding can make lots of rattling noises,...
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What would cause an engine oil pan gasket to go out at 120,000 miles on a 2008 H2 Hummer?
Hi. The best way to explain why an oil pan gasket would start leaking is due to heat from running the engine which causes expansion and the engine cooling when not running which equals shrinkage. Over time, things just wear...
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Hole in my Beetle's transmission pan
Hey there. An automatic transmission is a precision instrument. The tolerances in the transmission are far tighter than they are in the engine, so it doesn't take a whole lot of abuse to do a great deal of damage. But...
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Need new rear suspension arms and oil pan.
Hey there. Depending on the severity of the crash and the impact, there may be additional parts needed to repair the rear suspension arms, such as new bushings and ball joints. As you may know, the ball joints and bushings...
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2002 prerunner what do i use to seal oil pan,3.4
Hi there - I believe the OEM gasket is a cork/rubber mix. Silicon RTV sealant is a popular substitute, although I tend to the school of "if it came with a gasket, it was probably needed, and should be reinstalled...
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I have a 2011 Mitsubishi Galant and have oil leaking from my oil pan drain plug. Changed the plug but it is still leaking.
Hey there. You did not mention the engine you have but most oil drain plugs have a washer that goes on first before the plug is put in. If the washer is not installed or is over tightened then it...
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How long does it take to change oil pan gasket on a 05 Envoy Denali?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. It takes the dealer about 1 hour and 25 minutes to replace the oil pan gasket. However, it all depends on what type of experience the person has in removing the pan and gasket...
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2011 GMC Terrain issues. Oil pan gasket is leaking?
Assuming you are referring to the oil pan gasket, this is not normal for this to leak often, if at all, and especially this soon after having it replaced in 2015. This may indicate that the gasket may have been...
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Oil pan is leaking
Hello. Thank you for writing in. Unfortunately the oil pan is a pain to get to on most vehicles. There really isn't another way to access the pan. High performance compact vehicles can be even more crowded making access to...
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Oil dip stick
Depending on the vehicle and engine you have and the type of dipstick you will have, you will need to either remove the entire dipstick tube from the vehicle so you can push out the old dipstick from the tube...
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Leak and low oil pressure
This suggests that you may have a leaking oil pan gasket. This can happen for a number of reasons, but is usually common due to excessive heat which causes the gasket to shrink creating a leak in the gasket. This...
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Oil pan removal
This is a tricky process as often times the oil pan can get hung up on the oil pump when removing it. Try carefully moving back and forth and around a bit and it should come off assuming you have...
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LEAKING OIL PAN GASKET
This sounds like it is something that is within your skills ability. I can't speak to your skills for certain without knowing what kind of repairs you have done in the past though. As far as oil pan gasket replacement...

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