[DML] Re: How tight is too tight?
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[DML] Re: How tight is too tight?

If the pan is bent it is easily straightened by hitting it carefully
with a hammer against a piece of 2 X 4. Like valve covers (not
Delorean valve covers) they are made out of thin sheet metal and get
bent but are easily straightened. Check that all of the pan bolts are
the same, correct length. I have seen where some longer ones get
substituted because they lost or stripped some. It gets tight but
never tightens up the pan. If the case has any stripped holes they can
be fixed with a thread insert. Tighten them evenly with an alternating
pattern. If the pan leaks never try to stop the leak by overtightening
the bolts. You will just bend the pan and crush the gasket. After
straightening the pan sand it and paint it gloss black, it will look
like new. Be sure to clean and reinstall the magnet.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Christopher North <chris.north@...> wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback, gang.  I may try to snag some pics of the
leak early next week and post them here on the boards for your perusal.  
>   The leak seems to come out of the pan on the rear, driver's, and
passenger's side.  The front appears to be dry.  The leak is no higher
than the gasket, surrounds 3/4 of the pan, and spreads down the casing
of the transmission until it drips off before getting to the oil pan.
 I'm hoping the pan is not bent anywhere and that I'm just dealing
with at worst a split gasket.  That said, I'm hopeful that if the pan
is bent I can get a new one from DMCH.
>   Thanks again for the comments, fellas.
>   Chris
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