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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-02-2012, 05:19 AM
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Engine Sump/Oil Pan Leak Q!

Bimmer Fan's, it comes to a day when your baby is leaking from the worst leak of engine and that is the sump/oil pan leak. Is this DIY'able without having to lift the engine? In order words, can the sump/oil pan gasket can be changed/replaced without having to lift ore remove the engine?

Any help and direction will help to keep my baby as I am fed up from the oil leak's.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:37 AM
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This would be a difficult task to do without lifting the engine. You will be able to remove all the bolts for the the pan removal, but you will not be able to get the oil pickup to clear the section of oil pan to remove. Im sure someone on this forum will say its possible. It is, but you will do more damage than repair.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:16 PM
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Bimmer Fan's, it comes to a day when your baby is leaking from the worst leak of engine and that is the sump/oil pan leak. Is this DIY'able without having to lift the engine? In order words, can the sump/oil pan gasket can be changed/replaced without having to lift ore remove the engine?

Any help and direction will help to keep my baby as I am fed up from the oil leak's.
I have done two oil pan gaskets and you do not need to lift it much, but you need to support it with this tool which has threaded rods on it that allow you to lift it an inch or so to work on the oil pan R&R. Your basically holding the engine up from dropping on you since you need to drop the subframe. I changed my motor mounts with M3 part number while I was down there.

Recommend a light coat of Hylomar on the entire pan gasket prior to install. I found it in Advance auto parts- now owned by permatex but still called Hylomar.

You'll only use one of those threaded rods on the tool and it will hook up to the support bracket/eye bolt on top of your engine designed for that purpose.

http://www.hylomar.com/index.php?opt...d=62&Itemid=70

http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb...bar-96524.html

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:41 AM
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Check my youtube channel for videos of the front subframe removal. It is actually quite easy and if you buy the tool ($80 from harbor freight) in my video you don't have to "lift" anything. Once the subframe is out, the pan drops right down and is an easy removal.
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