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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-21-2017, 12:48 AM
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E36 318is Sump Gasket Replacement

Hi Guys.

Have a leak just started on my car.
Got it up off the floor in the garage, gave it a good clean up and out for a drive. When i got it back into the garage sure enough leaking from the sump gasket.

After reading through serveral online forums im at a loss..... most seem to be American talking about oil pans. And almost all mention an 'upper' & 'lower' oil pan.
After looking 10 times i can only see one sump on my car! Hopefuly someone can shed some light on this!

My other problem is i could not get to the two bolts up inside the bell housing. even with my long reach socket! no idea how i can get them, seem to be a good 5/6cm inside the bell housing.

I read on almost every post that the engine should be supported and the subframe dropped to gain access to the sump. Would i be able to unbolt the engine mounts and lift the engine slightly and leave the subframe in situ? seems like it would be an eaiser option unless there is some reason why not.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:56 PM
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You need to drop it. Use an extension to get to the bolts

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Old 05-26-2017, 08:27 PM
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So im sat here with the sump off and the car in pieces. ..
The gasket the parts shop supplied is a paper gasket, looks to be the right shape and the bolt holes look lik they line up! And the parts shop assured me its the correct gasket.
But the original is a rubber gasket that sits in a recess in the sump. And there is no remains of a paper gasket anywhere on the sump or engjne block.
Please help!
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:33 PM
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Help how? You can either install what they gave you, or go looking for a rubber version of the same gasket. The paper (it's actually compressed fiber) will work fine if you install it correctly.
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