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Old 04-19-2019, 09:55 AM
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Did we ever get this into aDIY? I'm in the middle of this job and I think we need to either lower the front subframe or remove the transmission. Don't know how to get the oil pan out otherwise.
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I think there is a write up somewhere about doing it by cutting the gasket and only dropping the oil pan, not actually removing it.
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Before removing anything, it's a good idea to clean the engine as much as possible, let the engine idle for a half hour or so and then trace the oil leak to the highest point. Exit point can be very misleading. I use a bright very small beam led light to see the oil path.

I have had both good and bad experiences using RTV. If you are going to use the cut method I suggest buying the best and what is recommended for this type of application.
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Before removing anything, it's a good idea to clean the engine as much as possible, let the engine idle for a half hour or so and then trace the oil leak to the highest point. Exit point can be very misleading. I use a bright very small beam led light to see the oil path.
I need to do this in a few weeks. I bought NAPA oil dye and a UV flashlight for about $15 on Amazon. And about 5 cans of degreaser at Walmart, lol.

The OFHG is newish, maybe 500 miles, and it's bone dry on that side.
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I need to do this in a few weeks. I bought NAPA oil dye and a UV flashlight for about $15 on Amazon. And about 5 cans of degreaser at Walmart, lol.



The OFHG is newish, maybe 500 miles, and it's bone dry on that side.
Since you're in the land of the big PX get "Oil Eater" from Costco and it will take ALL oil and grease off.
Just don't use on glass or when the aluminum is hot and don't do it over asphalt or it'll turn it into clean gravel (ask me howI know), but on the bright side it can remove 30+ years of oil from concrete so that it looks new.

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I'd like to see that, please! I have to do mine also.

I'm leaning towards the cut method but I would also like to see other ways to do it too.
Can someone repost the link for the short CUT m54 oil pan gasket method. I have zero interest in dropping the sub frame. Also I'm curious if anyone has results they can share 1yr out on any oil leaks or issues with the alternative repair
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For dropping the pan, I followed this guy's info.

YouTube channel 50sKid did it by leaving the frame on. It only has drop drop <3" to get the pan out.

Mine was leaking at the front right corner. Right next to the a/c compressor, it looked like a wasp nest.

Be prepared to clean the engine bottom end. Mine had all kinds of gunk on it. After cleaning the block and pan, the M54 runs cooler.
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