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Old 08-13-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Has anyone dropped their oil pan?

I was going to do it today after I changed out the valve cover gasket. When I got under the car to see what sockets I needed, I found out I have to take out the whole front subframe connecting to the front control arms.

I guess I'm going to order new control arms and bushings since I have to take them off anyways and just keep staining the driveway with a leaking oil pan gasket.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:17 PM   #2
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You may be talking about the cross brace that has the front jack point on it. If I am correct in assuming this then there are only three bolts holding it in and it drops out pretty easily. You have to take this out to do the control arms anyway because it gets in the way of the bushings bolts. I have not done my oil pan gasket on this car yet, but if it is like any other make sure you clean off the old gasket material well using a plastic scraper or else you may be in the same spot with the leaking again. I hope all turns out well.


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Old 08-13-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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You may be talking about the cross brace that has the front jack point on it. If I am correct in assuming this then there are only three bolts holding it in and it drops out pretty easily. You have to take this out to do the control arms anyway because it gets in the way of the bushings bolts. I have not done my oil pan gasket on this car yet, but if it is like any other make sure you clean off the old gasket material well using a plastic scraper or else you may be in the same spot with the leaking again. I hope all turns out well.


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Thanks man. I'm really sick of getting oil all over white driveways. There is a triangular brace that goes from the jack point then to both front control arm bushings that meet up with each other. Then there is the front subframe which connect the front control arms to the car (the middle bushing on the control arm) which needs to be removed so you can access the bolts on the oil pan so it will drop out.

Or in other words, PITA.

I really hope it is the oil pan gasket (that's what I was told by a highly regaurded BMW mechanic) and not the seal between the engine block and the tranny.

When I checked out different High temp RVT silicon sealants there were a few different types. Ultra blue, ultra black, ultra red, etc (All the same brand but seemed quite popular due to the surplus amount autozone had) They are all high temp, OEM spec, safe for sensors, etc etc. Does it really matter which one to use? (I used Ultra black on my vlave cover gasket)
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:27 AM   #4
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The only one I have any experience with is Mr. Gasket blue. I really can't give any input on the others. The dudes at the auto store may shed some light though on different applications.

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Old 08-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #5
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you'll want to get an engine boom brace for the job - it's not that big a deal. the subframe is held on with some pretty tight bolts, so you want to make sure you have some good 1/2" drive sockets and a breaker bar before you go in there.
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:26 AM   #6
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you'll want to get an engine boom brace for the job - it's not that big a deal. the subframe is held on with some pretty tight bolts, so you want to make sure you have some good 1/2" drive sockets and a breaker bar before you go in there.
Engine boom brace?

Already got the 1/2" driv sockets, I will pick up a breaker bar at autozone or something.
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:27 PM   #7
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How did this job turn out? I need to do the same thing - leaking gasket (106000 miles). Any pointers from your experience? Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:35 AM   #8
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^dude, this thread is 9 months old!
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:07 PM   #9
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^dude, this thread is 9 months old!
I know. Why is that so funny to you? The question is still valid, so if you don't have the answer then don't post.
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Old 07-18-2017, 06:29 PM   #10
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Me too, 2002 325i with 102k miles. Replaced leaking oil filter housing gasket but oil pan is leaking as well. Good luck

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Old Yesterday, 09:18 AM   #11
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The subframe supports the engine. Ergo, you need an engine lift to support the engine while the subframe is out. I know. I replaced the subframe in my car last year as the right inner ball joint shaft tube has been elongated when I hit a nasty pothole.

Change the control arms and the power steering hoses while you're in there.
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Old Yesterday, 11:59 AM   #12
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After I replaced the oil pan gasket, I noted some observations on the process here.
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