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Date registered: Jan 2010
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190 E oil pan removal solved
I've meant to get back to you with tips on oil pan removal. Okay, here are the things that definately need to be pulled/ disconnected: front torsion bar and exhaust. Forget about drive shaft and steering drag link (as some sources recommend).
I didn't need to worry about steering drag link and dampener (as some sources suggest). As long as the crank counter weights directly above the sub frame get rotated so they're on the up side, there will be just enough remove room to extract the oil pan (in direction of nose and downward). This was good because I didn't have a puller to release the drag link ball from its socket once I'd removed the bolt. So I couldn't/didn't remove the steering drag link.
Exhaust. I tried jacking engine high enough (using floor jack and wood block up against oil pan) to get a two inch chunk of wood between engine mounts and subframe (thus creating room to snake out the pan); but engine wouldn't free up from frame without disengaging exhaust at exhaust manifold (four bolts easily accessed from above, or below with lots of ratchet extensions).
Job was pretty straightforward actually, once I knew what I was doing. I actually got to do it twice, and was much faster the second time. Why twice? I was leaking oil badly after the first time through because, as I later found out, I had inadvertently torn the gasket during assembly. Here's a really important tip. Before assembling the new pan, first practice snaking the pan in place. Pay extra special attention to the tight area just above the subframe. My first job was botched because I had caught the gasket on the bolt head of rod cap as I snaked through. Not much damage at all, I saw upon later inspection, but the small nick was enough to allow a lot of oil to pass through once the engine warmed up.
Thanks for the tips. Here's back at ya.