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97 2.2 cant get oil pan off

09-09-2012, 09:48 AM
i trying to work get getting timing chain cover off

1 how can you get the oil pan off without having to take off the lower engine bracket off?
i can see u need to remove starter to get bolts from behind that

but reason asking is the 2 bolts that hold the lower engine holder there by the transaxle the lower one the head is rounded off from me trying to get socket and air gun on it cuz the brake lines off the strut are in the way, so how the hell do i get that bolt out

or what other options do i have

09-09-2012, 09:52 AM
would using a 12 point socket help me? if they even make one at 1/2 "

09-09-2012, 12:34 PM
ok i managed to get the lower bracket off and all the boltss to the oil pan off

but how can i get the to seperated from seal i tried screw driver and tapping with hammer but since u have hardly and room to even get a screw driver in there whats some tricks i can try to break the seal off?

09-09-2012, 04:21 PM
You have figured out that the pan uses sealer and not a gasket, they can be tough to get off. I have found that a long gasket scraper with a sharp edge comes in handy to get between the block and the oil pan. Just takes some work and time!

09-09-2012, 08:06 PM
ya rubber seal so do you buy that seal like that ? or is it just gasket maker?
i finnally got it off and pried off the timing cover next post i making is about internal parts as i see damage ugh

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