Oil pan replacement Q's
As some of you remember, I was the one who destroyed his lowered e30 325e's oil pan.
The oil pan (of course), oil pump, and oil pressure sender also have to be replaced.
As far as I can tell, the steering rack has to be removed to get a good install of the pan et al. After everything is installed, I am planning on changing the filter, filling with oil and letting the engine run at idle for ~10 minutes, while checking for leaks. After that, I am going to change the filter and oil yet again before running around the block (~10 minutes), before changing the oil and filter for the last time. If is all and good, I think I should be good to go; I bet my mileage will never be the same (I saw 39.2 mpg at one point). Anyway, I have a few Questions for you all:
1. The bottom of the engine has been exposed, is there anyway I can clean the components before I install the new pan, etc.
2. I have the old gasket off, how do I prep the bottom of the engine block for a new gasket (to get all of the extra gunk and all off)?
3. Does anyone have any recommendations of a good silicone gasket maker for whn I install the new pan and gasket?
4. Any other advice?