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Old 04-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #1
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Help!!! Oil pan stuck!

I'm in the middle of replacing my oil pan gasket on my 2000 328i. Got the engine supported and subframe out. Removed all the bolts on the oil pan including the 3 torx ones and the 2 long 10mm bolt. Pan is separated from engine but I cannot get it out. Seems like something is keeping the pan from freeing up on the driver side do the pan below the starter area. The pan moves freely but something's holding it.

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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Maybe hitting the oil pump?

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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Have to try pry it with a flat head screw driver?
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #4
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Not very great angles, but this is how the oil pump hangs down. The chain/gear is about 3-4 inches below the baying surface of the oil pan to the lower end of the engine.

Hopefully this is some help

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Also be sure to at least retorque your oil pump nut while you're in there. Even better, take it off and put some loctite on that sucker!

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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Tried hitting it prying it and wiggling it. Something in the rear upper driver side corner that's keeping it from coming out. Any idea what it might be? There is a minor hump in that area right below flange where u can stick a pry bar.

Forgot to mention I also got those medium 10mm bolts in the bell housing out.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #7
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I'm guessing that bell shape part on the end of the oil pump (the long tube in my picture) it's caught up on am inner wall inside the oil pan.

Got pictures of where you can get the pan to before it gets hung up?

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:40 AM   #8
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Oopps. Somebody forgot to remove the power steering pump
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #9
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Did the power steering pump already. Gonna upload pic in a sec.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:52 AM   #10
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The ps lines need to be pushed out of the way or the trans
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ok, sorry I thought those pictures above were yours where power steering pump seems to be intact.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:59 AM   #13
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There's going to be another bolt that's holding it, keep looking. If you keep prying and pulling on it, you're going to break something. The pan should come right off freely.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:29 AM   #14
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You mentioned removing the two long 10mm bolts from where the transmission meets the oil pan, but did you remove the two medium length ones that are more towards the middle of that region? They are kind of hidden up in the transmission a bit- you may need a light to see them.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #15
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Checked all the bolts. All 21 short bolts, 2 medium bolts, 2 long bolts and the 3 torx bolt from tranny to pan are accounted for. Have no idea what the hell is holding it in....
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the input. Any other ideas? Think my next step is to remove the crank pulley.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:23 PM   #17
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I just did this a week ago. Nothing else needs to come off. Not the crank pulley. Raise engine. Drop sub frame all the way..... Pan comes right out as long as bolts are undone. There is a you tube video for it. Smolck from bimmerfest.com has a DIY on it. My subframe had to come all the way down to get it to clear the oil pump. Power steering pump HAS to be removed for that. There were no shortcuts. The 2 part video was on the money. Except he removed control arms.......I removed struts from the top 3 bolts. Your subframe doesn't look low enough

this is the oil pan video....

part 2....subframe drop

As far as you are in the procedure. There is nothing else to hold it in there.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=p1FDJ...%3Dp1FDJYfgQQs

I commend you for even attempting this. It was a very big job and I wouldn't want to do it again. By the way......might as well replace engine mounts and dip stick tube o ring while your in there. If I knew in advance I would have replaced the rubber bumper on the sub frame as well.

To get it back in and get the bolts the same tightness. I used a long extension for all 21 and did it by hand. I also put silicone on the metal part of the gasket

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:02 AM   #18
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Tried hitting it prying it and wiggling it. Something in the rear upper driver side corner that's keeping it from coming out. Any idea what it might be? There is a minor hump in that area right below flange where u can stick a pry bar.

Forgot to mention I also got those medium 10mm bolts in the bell housing out.
Did you remove the 2 medium bolt between the transmission block?

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:32 AM   #19
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I did mine per the DIY and everything went very smoothly.
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