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Date registered: Jul 2006
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Further to my ealier posts and cries for help, through additional research I've learned that the oil pan CAN be removed with the engine in the car... HOWEVER, the front axle needs to come off! Just a minor thing, huh? What is worse depends on how good you are at swearing. Pardon my sarcasm. It appears there are two version of the pan, to wit: the type I have is a one piece version ... meaning: I'm screwed! The other, a two piece version, which would allow for removal of the lower section of the pan to gain access to the oil pump, thus, obviating the need to pull the front axle or engine/ transmission to remove the timing case cover. Uh, that one, I don't have!
So, if any out there have the temerity to undertake this work, look first at your pan and see if you have the one piece or two piece version. The two piece version is the "intelligent" version of the former; or, as Martha would say: "a good thing." The former being ... well, the "stupid" version, and, by default, the "not-so-good-thing." If you have what I have, the ole 'one piece,' you may consider selling your car to an unsuspecting buyer. Just kidding! I forget that I started this project with the intention of replacing a timing chain and track guides, which led to timing cover removal, which led to ... dismembering and disecting the entire car!
If you are contemplating on doing this to your daily driver, make plans accordingly. The only alternative, as I see it, is to replace only the timing chain and upper track guides and the tensioning track/shoe, which are accessible after considerable disassembly of the engine's accessory package. The lower track guides require removal of the timing chain cover, and you will soon have your car's engine in kit form. You can decide if it is worth it or not. My car has high mileage on it and this points to a lot of work remaining to be done. Of course, one can always pay someone to do it, but make sure you're on first name basis with your financial advisor, or have adequate reserves in your home's equity. For me, that is not an option, and my car is intended only for pleasure driving; having an alternate good car for my mode of transportation. I just have no idea when the pleasure part will materialize.
I apologize to the readers for the ramblings and my rants.