[DML] Re: antifreeze in my oil
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[DML] Re: antifreeze in my oil

With the right tools and materiels it is not that big a deal to remove
the gasket. In fact on the ones I have done the gasket stays intact on
the pan. All I ever had to do was use silicone sealer and I put the
pan with the old gasket right back up. Maybe in your particular case
someone had previously removed the pan and used gasket sealer on both
sides of the gasket. If the threads were stripped maybe it was
reinstalled too tightly and wrecked the threads. Some thread inserts
are no big deal. Scraping the gasket off can scratch up the soft
aluminum so you have to do it carefully. There are gasket remover
sprays that can help make the job easier and a pneumatic scraper can
make the job go a lot faster. The main difficulty in doing the pan
with the motor in the car is that you have to undo the motor mounts
and raise the motor. I agree you should not remove the pan just to
take a peek inside but if you drop a lot of dirt inside the motor it
is just a good idea to wipe it out.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Soma576@... wrote:
> While dropping the pan may have some benefits, I would not suggest
anyone  do 
> this unless they seriously have to.  While I had my engine out and
on a  
> stand, I decided I would take my non-leaking oil pan off, just to
'see' what it  
> is like inside.  Big mistake.  It was clean as a whistle and took me
 days to 
> get the old gasket off, polish the flanges, re-tap the bolt threads
for  even 
> torque, and caused me a lot of stress hoping that I got the pan
sealed up  
> properly once the engine was back in the car.  I used putty knives,
razor  blades, 
> screwdrivers, sandpaper, even a dremel to get the old gasket off.
> In my opinion, the oil pan should never be removed unless it is 100%  
> necessary.  That old gasket is unbelievably good!  There is no way
in  heck I would 

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