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Old 01-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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oil pan removal help pls

I was trying to replace a little leakage from the oil level sensor on a 00 E320. I drained the oil and removed all the bolts. next is to remove the oil pan. it won't budge. trying to pry it out a little bit but I stopped. I was afraid I may break something. Could someone please advise me on how remove the oil pan? any secret please? the silicon made it stick like glue. I searched the forum but could not find anything.
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like it's been on there a long time and the gasket/sealer has hardened. Try using a flat blade screwdriver, gently wedge it in and pry every few inches all around.
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I think using gasket softener (remover) might help.
Than you can take a sharp knife and start undercutting the gasket on one side. Be careful not to score the aluminum.
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Thank you Kajtek1, I thought of that too but did not know what product would do that.
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Dental floss works well with silicone gaskets. Work it in on the corners of the pan. It will slide in and break the seal and you have no chance of gouging the cast aluminum. Waxed works best, work it back and forth just like you were getting it between teeth.

I assume you are working on just the lower pan, too.

You can also put the drain plug back in and use a box-end wrench on the plug to get some leverage sideways against the pan.

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Dental floss works well with silicone gaskets. Work it in on the corners of the pan. It will slide in and break the seal and you have no chance of gouging the cast aluminum. Waxed works best, work it back and forth just like you were getting it between teeth.
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But it's such a drag rewinding the floss back onto the spool again for using to floss yout teeth again.
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Besides the pan bolts, the ATF lines need to be detached from the pan.
The level sender o-rings are available separately from the sender. Part number A023 997 43 48 or 70 48.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Pages from E-class petrol 1983-2000 workshop book.
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Dental floss trumps my screwdriver suggestion by a mile in term of doing no damage. And a thin knife is a better idea than mine too. Good luck.
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Pages from E-class petrol 1983-2000 workshop book.
The OP can ignore all of that. He's only dropping the lower oil pan, #35 in the drawing. Pull the bolts, clear the cooler lines, break it loose, off it comes.
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