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Old 05-01-2004, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My car is leaking oil bad.. like I have to put oil in every week. I've been told that it's from a crack in my front pan gaskit... quoted 500 or more to fix it... is this something that I can do myself? if so, does anyone have a tutorial or anything on how to get to it? thanks...
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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kinda of a tough job to do, id get it done by the pros if your unsure, almost all the gaskets are kinda tricky, even the valve cover gasket is kinda tough, so id think about getting it done by the pros.
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That's happened to me before, it turns out my oil pan wasn't sealing due to the fact that someone had stripped the screws on my oil pan and the pan was basically coming off that sucked!!! I hate leaks of any kind on my car! ghead
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Im gonna have to say DIY.

Now, I haven't ever really payed that much attention to the oil pan, so it may be a serious bitch to remove from an e36, but dropping the pan itself isnt that hard to do. It's just like changing the oil, only you take a few more bolts. Swap the gasket, and put back in place. Given that its a $500 operation though, I would have to assume its one hell of an expensive part or either motor has to be pulled or suspension components removed to allow the pan to be removed.
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