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Unread 12-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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STuCK OIL PAN BOLTS - REAR MAIN SEAL - WT*?!

As I am removing all the oil pan bolts and studs I approach the last two that are on both sides of the main seal. I tried to remove them but I cant because they are wedged there so bad that I can get the socket and if I did it wont be able to turn because one of the edges on the bolt is completely flush to the oil pan lip.

WT* IS THIS ABOUT?

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Unread 12-13-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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You can get a socket in there, it just takes a little finesse and a lot of extensions. It may help to remove the inspection plate on the tranny as well. Sounds like you may need to persuade the lip out of the way a little bit, be creative with this one, just not dumb.
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Unread 12-13-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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You could stick a slim chisel between the bolt and the pan to make room for the socket. The pan is aluminum and is somehow flexible, just don't damage it too much cause it'll bend. Also try to find a socket with slim edges.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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Put the socket on an extension and tap it on with a hammer. The end ones are a different size than the side ones.
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Unread 12-14-2011, 04:30 PM   #5
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The pan is aluminum and is somehow flexible, just don't damage it too much cause it'll bend. Also try to find a socket with slim edges.
Actually the pan is steel, but yes, it can be bent/pried out of the way.
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Unread 12-15-2011, 06:09 AM   #6
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I got mine out using a 1/4" drive and a ton of extensions. The bolts can be removed with either 1/2" or 13mm socket. Getting them back in required a bit of tapping with the hammer to get them tightened all the way down.
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