Oil Pan Gasket Replacement

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Replacing a leaking oil pan is one of the best ways to ensure your engine is receiving the oil it needs, and it can sometimes be done in a matter of a few simple steps. For the lucky few, the source can be a loose oil-pan drain plug, a dipstick tube that's come unseated from the engine block, or an oil filter that's either not screwed down or has a cracked gasket.

What is Oil Pan Gasket Replacement?

Your car's oil is held inside the oil pan. This is attached by the oil gasket on the underside of the car. If that gasket starts to fail, it can cause oil to leak, and that can lead to a lot of expensive problems for you. You'll want to make sure that your oil pan gasket is in great condition at all times, and this is a competent that your mechanic should be checking during regular tune-ups of your car.

How is Oil Pan Gasket Replacement Done?

  1. Obtain the appropriate oil pan gasket replacement.
  2. While the oil is draining, remove the splash shield and bellhousing cover.
  3. In front-wheel-drive vehicles, the oil pan is often mated to the transaxle.
  4. A service manual helps identify all oil-pan bolt locations.
  5. Removing the wheel-well-liner pieces eased access to the outboard passenger's side bolts on this vehicle.
  6. Once all bolts are removed, the pan can be dropped.
  7. Scrape off any gasket residue and clean all sealing surfaces thoroughly with a solvent.
  8. Use thread sealer, if specified, then torque the oil pan bolts to spec in a spiral pattern, beginning in the center. Reattach any accessory brackets, refill the crankcase with oil, start the engine and inspect for leaks.


Oil pan gaskets can collect grease from many leaking parts. It's important for a mechanic to verify that the gasket is leaking directly from the oil pan, and not just collecting oil from a different leak.

Symptoms That Indicate You Need An Oil Pan Gasket Replacement

Loss of motor oil. Over time and as mileage climbs, all engines develop oil leaks, and the oil pan gasket is usually one of the first areas. Heat and age will dry out the gasket making it brittle, and the vibration of the engine coupled with crankcase gases pushing from the inside will make cracks and holes for the oil to seep out. Expect these leaks.

Regular maintenance on your car is the best way to keep the engine clean and clear. With our experienced mobile mechanics, you know they have seen it all, and are ready to tackle any problem that comes our way.