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190E oil pan removal and installation--help!

My son just slammed his oil pan on a 1989 190E 2.6. Mechanics make it seem like a huge job for a do-it-yourselfer like me who will be working from the ground to remove and replace. Any thoughts out there?
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The "book time" for an oil pan R&R for the 2.6L is 4.4 Hours. That's primarly because they have to prep the motor to be hoisted off the motor mounts to clear the chassis.

It is possible to do it without a hoist. You will have to loosen/remove all the connections to the engine, including exhaust, driveshaft, throttle, etc. They you have to lift the engine off the motor mounts high enough to clear; then place solid metal or wood blocks between the mounts and the engine in order to release the lifting jack and remove the pan.
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THANKS LOADS. YOUR WARNINGS/INFO ARE OF GREAT HELP IN MY DECIDING IF I WANT TO DO THIS THING WITH A SON IMPATIENT TO GET MOVING AGAIN.

ANY OTHER HELPFUL HINTS OUT THERE?
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THANKS LOADS. YOUR WARNINGS/INFO ARE OF GREAT HELP IN MY DECIDING IF I WANT TO DO THIS THING WITH A SON IMPATIENT TO GET MOVING AGAIN.

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Is the crack too big to be epoxied?

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Hello flyboyike

Thanks for responding. Regarding epoxy, is that safe, would it really work? Or is it just a stop gap measure? I didn't get a great look last night as I hauled my son out of yet another fine mess--but it seemed the pan was bent where it took a frontal hit and the crack inside the dent was not hairline but substantial.

Bottom line--is epoxy a good idea? Otherwise, can a semi-mechanical guy do this swap out at home?

Thanks
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Hello flyboyike

Thanks for responding. Regarding epoxy, is that safe, would it really work? Or is it just a stop gap measure? I didn't get a great look last night as I hauled my son out of yet another fine mess--but it seemed the pan was bent where it took a frontal hit and the crack inside the dent was not hairline but substantial.

Bottom line--is epoxy a good idea? Otherwise, can a semi-mechanical guy do this swap out at home?

Thanks
Epoxy is a stop-gap, but it can last quite a while, provided that the crack is such that there is no material missing. From what you're describing, your situation is worse than that, but what do you have to lose? You can't make it any worse with epoxy. If it doesn't work, you're no worse off.

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Based on the MTI description that's not a job I would want to tackle. Try the epoxy first!

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High Temp Epoxy, JB Weld, and the like need a clean, rust and corrosion free surface to have a chance. I have heard of folks using it, however every one of them acknowledges a gnawing fear that the leak could return while they're on the highway in the middle of nowhere.
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