Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Durham, England
EL Oil Pan Gasket
Hello everyone from the UK.
First, my apologies if I use incorrect terminology - bits of cars have different names here in the UK.
I run a 97 Fairmont 4.0 (imported from Australia). It has developed an oil leak from the lower front of the engine. It drips onto the crossmember and can be seen when I look down behind the radiators fans.
First guess was the oil pan gasket, so, when the new one arrived from Australia, I had my local garage fit it.
The leak continued, so I ordered a front crank oil seal.
I fitted this today and the oil leak is still there. While I had the crank pulley off I couldn't see any sign of a leak from the seal but, as I was this far, I changed it anyway.
I seem to remember the garage owner complaining about the difficulty they had in changing the oil pan gasket. I have now read that the engine should be removed to do this job.
Can anyone tell me if this is right or if the gasket can be changed without removing the engine? If it can, is there some clever technique to do this?
Any help or suggestions will be most welcome.
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