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Oil Pan Gasket Leak - How easy to drop pan and fix?


Old 09-12-2010, 04:45 PM
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Default Oil Pan Gasket Leak w/ PICS - How easy to drop pan and fix?

So I noticed oil seeping around the oil pan gasket, not alot but enough that I want to fix it (1999 1500 4x4, 5.9L, 120,000 miles).

So how hard is this to do? Is it just a matter of removing the pan bolts?

The shop manual for the 2001's says:

(1) Disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
(2) Remove engine oil dipstick.
(3) Raise vehicle.
(4) Drain engine oil.
(5) Remove exhaust pipe.
(6) Remove left engine to transmission strut.
(7) Loosen the right side engine support bracket
cushion thru-bolt nut and raise the engine slightly.
Remove oil pan by sliding backward and out.

(8) Remove the one-piece gasket.

Are 6 and 7 required????



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Old 09-12-2010, 04:55 PM
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no, all that's wrong.

have you tried just retorquing the pan bolts. sometimes that works.

if not,
drain oil.
remove engine to transmission braces.
disconnect battery.
remove starter.
remove flex plate cover.
remove oil pan.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:16 PM
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I added pics. You can see a light sheen on the oil filter.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:14 PM
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With that much in the back it cod very well be the rear main seal. There's a write up on pavement sucks as to how to fix it. If you are removing the pan anyway, I'd replace the rear main and oil pump just as a preventative measure as you'll have the thing all apart anyway and it won't take but another hour to do.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:52 PM
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access oil left over from oil change or from the crappy fram filter leaking? j/k ( we all used fram one time or another.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:20 PM
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u dont have to remove the exhaust pipe or lift the motor i did mine without even takin the flex plate cover off but would have made it easier if i did take it off
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