Stuck Oil Pan


sas95
10-26-2008, 10:49 PM
I've got a '95 1.0L w/manual transaxle. I'm trying to remove my oil pan, but it's stuck on. Does anyone have any tricks or suggestions? I've used a dead blow hammer to no avail. The fly wheel guard plate is removed with the remaining several pan bolts removed. I'm extra doubly sure, for sure, I have all pan bolts and the two nuts removed. The engine is in the car (not removed).

Background: a year ago I removed the pan, and reinstalled it using just high temp RTV (and the bolts and nuts). No other gasket was used. I'm in the process now of doing what Doctor Bill has documented in this forum - rebuilding the cylinder head and installing new rings in order to bring the compression back up and stop the oil blow by.

I'd hate to remain stuck at this point in the process! :banghead:

carpenter_jai
10-27-2008, 01:17 AM
Get a glazing bar and a knife (not the snap off kind). Use the glazing bar with your dead blow hammer to wedge the oil pan away from the bottom of the engine. Make repeated cuts with the knife until you get through the rtv.

Last time I was at the yard, I saw an engine out of a metro. I tried as hard as I could to pull the oil pan off with no luck. It definitely needs extra persuasion.

Jai

doug2060
10-27-2008, 06:36 AM
I just pry it with a screw driver or paint scraper. They pretty much glue these things on.

sas95
10-27-2008, 02:10 PM
Get a glazing bar and a knife (not the snap off kind). Use the glazing bar with your dead blow hammer to wedge the oil pan away from the bottom of the engine. Make repeated cuts with the knife until you get through the rtv.


Jai, I'm not familiar with glazing bars. Could you post a URL to the specific kind you're talking about, and where maybe to buy one? (I'm in the U.S. Southwest.)
Thanks

carpenter_jai
10-27-2008, 10:19 PM
The glazing bar is the most useful tool one can own for less than 10 dollars. I buy them from the Mega-hardware store. I've seen them in specialty tool stores too. Fairly common tool.
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Jai

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