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Old 05-27-2010, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by wyowolf View Post
Dropping the oil pan is really pretty easy , just grab a new gasket, drop it, then you can easily get the bolt out...
Yeah, dropping the oil pan is easy for V8 but I6, you need to think again.
It is a NIGHTMARE to drop the oil pan in the I6 (dropping subframe).


- Do your best to extract to remaining bolt (using extractor).
Perhaps some local people can help bluebee? ("edjack" lives in San Jose CA too).

- Any metal fragments in the oil pan: use a smaller telescopic magnet and fish them out.
Any larger pieces, leave them inside the oil pan: no harm to worry about.
But of course, if you are in the mood to drop the oil pan (again, this is a NIGHTMARE), then do it but I don't think it is necessary.
Leave any large pieces inside the oil pan and don't lose sleep over it.
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