How to Install an Engine Oil Pan

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Install an engine oil pan where the curved gasket meets the flat part of the gasket, using proper torque and the correct amount of sealant; learn how in this free auto-remodeling video.

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Hi, I'm Doug. I work with twenty great guys in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we're going to do some work for you today on Expert Village. Now, we're going to install the oil pan. Mark has put the gasket in place, and be careful with the goop, you don't want to use too much goop. I've seen engines where there's been failures of engine components because of silicone coming loose. So, he just puts a dab there, right at the end where the curved gasket meets the flat part of the oil pan gasket. You're just trying seal up that little gap, you're not trying to make everything all sticky, you don't want to run a bead down the whole length of the thing. Now he's put the re-enforcer plates in there. That's so we can have a nice light oil pan, you don't need a real heavy oil pan and they put these re-enforcement plates on there so you don't bend the oil pan. You want to exert the pressure carefully over there. Now, you can see Mark is using the torque wrench to tighten down those nuts on the oil pan retaining plate. And, the end pieces, that's the place where they're going to want to leak. They have a little bit bigger bolt and they take a higher torque there. So, he's already torqued those ones and he'll now torque the other intermediate ones. It's a different sized nut and everything. It was fifteen foot pounds and the other one was one hundred and six inch pounds.

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