How to Remove the Oil Pan From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Your Vehicles is a durable Vehicles. The oil pan on your Vehicles holds your engine oil as it is circulated through the engine by the oil pump. The circulation of oil through your Vehicles engine is necessary to keep the engine from overheating. Over time your oil pan can sustain damages or even leaks. If this happens you can replace your own pan. In order to replace your pan, though, you will have to remove the old one first.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Oil Pan From a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3 L Engine

Jack the truck up and place it on the jack stands, then remove the front wheels for better access to the underside.

Drain the oil from the oil pan by turning the drain plug in a counterclockwise direction, then allowing the oil to fall into the drain pan.

Remove the skid plate by turning the hex-head bolts in a counterclockwise direction. The plate will fall off once these bolts are freed.

Disconnect the front axles from the hub and differential by turning their bolts in a counterclockwise direction. The constant velocity joints and axle are a single unit, and once the bolts holding it to the hub and differential are removed, it will come out in one piece.

Disconnect the pitman arm and idler arm, and move them to the side for better access at the oil pan.

Unbolt the differential from its mounts by turning the bolts in a counterclockwise direction. The differential is extremely heavy, and must be supported by a jack during this process. It is connected to the frame and the transfer case, but once the frame mounts are loosened the differential can be lowered to gain access to the oil pan.

Unbolt the oil pan from the truck by turning all of its bolts in a counterclockwise direction. There should be 16 bolts to be in the lip around the pan. All must be removed, and there are two in the very back that may be hidden by rubber caps. This area of the motor is notoriously dirty, and some bolts may be greasy or hard to locate. With these bolts free, the pan will drop down and can be manipulated out of the truck towards the transmission and transfer case.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Wrench set

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Vice grips

  • Jacks

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

 How to Remove an Oil Pan from a Pontiac Sunfire

Park your Pontiac Sunfire on level ground with the parking brake engaged. Let the engine completely cool.

Place a tire chock behind each rear tire with the narrow end of the chock wedged firmly under the tire. This will prevent the car from rolling backwards.

Lay down on the ground so you can see underneath the engine. Use a flashlight to locate the oil pan. It will look like a deep tray bolted to the underside of the engine, on a Pontiac Sunfire the tray will be deeper at one end. Find the oil pan drain plug on the underside of the oil pan.

Place your oil drain pan as close as you can to the location of the oil drain plug. You should still be able to work with a socket wrench to remove the plug.

Select a socket that fits the plug and loosen it, but do not remove the plug entirely.

Pull the drain pan directly under the drain plug and continue loosening the plug by hand until it falls out into the pan and the oil begins to drain. Let the oil drain for about 15 minutes before continuing.

Jack up the front of the Sunfire one side at a time. Place the jack stands under the car to support the auto. Give yourself enough room to crawl under the engine block to where the oil pan is located.

Slide under the engine. Using a rag, locate and clean off all the heads to the bolts attaching the drain pain to the engine. Select a socket that fits the bolt heads and loosen them, working across the pan so you are loosening one bolt on one side and then the bolt directly opposite it.

Lay a clean cloth on the ground next to you. Support the center of the oil pan of your Pontiac Sunfire with one hand. With the other hand, begin to remove the bolts. Be careful to lay each bolt down on the cloth so you remember the pattern that you used to removed them. The bolts will not all be the same.

Once the bolts are removed. Take the putty knife and gently pry the pan away from the engine block. You will see where the edge of the pan meets the edge of the spacer for the block, stick the edge of your putty knife between the two and pry gently. When the pan comes free, lower it and place it to one side.

Using the putty knife and a clean cloth, gently scrape any remaining gasket material from the spacer in the engine block until the metal is completely clean.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • 2 tire chocks

  • Flashlight

  • Socket wrench

  • Sockets

  • Oil drain pan

  • Putty knife

  • Clean rags

 How to Remove an Oil Pan on a Ranger

Place your Ranger in neutral and jack up the front end. Place the jack stands under your front frame and lower your Ranger onto them.

Loacte the oil pan on your Ranger. Exact location may vary with different year of Rangers, but generally, the oil pan is located dead center near the front axle.

Remove the drain plug from your Ranger with a socket set. Allow all the oil to fully drain out into your drain pan. Replace the drain plug once all of the oil has drained out.

Locate the retaining bolts that are located around the perimeter of your oil pan. There are approximately 24 bolts. However, that number may vary with different years.

Remove all the oil pan retaining bolts. Pry your oil pan open and off with a flathead screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Jack Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Drain pan

  • Flathead screwdriver

 How to Remove an Oil Pan From a Dodge Dakota

Turn off Dakota and wait twenty minutes for the engine to cool. The oil should be cold to lukewarm when you release it.

Lift the truck up using a car jack. Place the car jack behind one of the front wheels and against the metal chassis, not on any plastic or other fragile component.

Replace the car jack with a jack stand. Place the jack stand a foot in toward the center of the truck, again at a spot on the chassis. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the truck.

Get underneath the truck and locate the oil pan. It looks like a large metal rectangle below the engine. Bring the spare bin near the oil pan plug, preparing to release the oil.

Put on the plastic gloves. Drain the oil from the oil pan by pulling out the plug. Let the oil drain completely.

Remove the four engine mount bolts from the oil pan using the socket wrench. These are mounted vertically around the perimeter of the oil pan.

Pry the oil pan off the engine by sticking a large screwdriver or pry bar into the seam at a 45 degree angle and hitting the end of it with a mallet. This motion will drive the head of the screwdriver or pry bar into the seam, wedging it open. Continue this process around the perimeter of the oil pan until it comes off.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Car jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • Spare bin

  • Plastic gloves

  • Industrial screwdriver or pry bar

  • Mallet

 How to Remove an Oil Pan on a 1997 Chevrolet S10

Lift the front end of the Chevrolet S10 either with front-end ramps or with a set of jack stands. This creates clearance between the oil pan and the ground to allow for easier access the oil pan. As a precaution, set the emergency brake and place a wheel chock behind the rear tire.

Remove the oil-drain screw from the oil pan and drain the engine oil into a drain pan. Replace the oil-drain screw.

Remove each of the 14 oil-pan bolts. Start in the center of one side and alternate from side to side as you remove the bolts. This prevents the pan from warping from uneven pressure.

Wedge a scraper between the engine block and the oil pan and slightly twist the scraper to pry the oil pan off the engine block.

Slide the oil pan backwards and downwards to gain clearance between the oil pan and the oil pump as you remove the oil pan.

Items you will need

  • Front-end ramps or jack stands

  • Wheel chock

  • Oil-drain pan

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Ratchet with 12 mm socket

  • Scraper

 How to Remove the Oil Pan on an Acura TL 2.5

Drive the Acura TL onto a flat surface and wait until the engine is cool to the touch. Place the front of the car on a pair of jack stands to access the under side more easily.

Go beneath the engine and locate the black, metal oil pan in the center of the engine. Place a collection pan (minimum 5 quarts) beneath the oil pan.

Remove all but one bolt surrounding the oil pan with the 1/2 inch socket wrench. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the majority of the oil to drain from the pan. Hold the pan in place while removing the final bolt. Lower the remaining oil into the collection pan.

Rinse out the oil pan and bolts. Lower the car from the jack stands.

Items you will need

  • 2 jack stands

  • 1/2 inch socket wrench

  • Collection pan

 How to Remove the Oil Pan From a Volkswagen Passat

Engage your car's emergency break. Even though your car will be powered off while you are working, you should still take this safety precaution.

Place your car jack about 6 to 8 inches behind the front tire and jack the car up.

Slide a jack stand under your car to keep it raised. Repeat on the other side of your car.

Put your gloves on and slide under your Passat. Bring your drip pan with you.

Locate your Passat's oil pan. It is located directly underneath the engine and is rectangular in shape.

Drain the oil from your car by removing the oil plug. Allow the oil to collect in your drip pan.

Using your wrench, remove the four bolts that hold the Passat's oil pan in place. Once the bolts are removed, the oil pan will simply come off.

Items you will need

  • Gloves

  • Car jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drip pan

  • Wrench

 How to Remove an Oil Pan From a 2001 F150

Drain the engine oil into a drain pan by removing the drain plug on the oil pan with a wrench.

Disconnect and remove the oil dipstick.

Remove the air cleaner assembly and the cooling fan assembly and shroud, if your truck has a V8 engine.

Raise the truck with its jack and support it on jack stands. Place a wood block on the jack and raise it under the oil pan to take the weight off the engine mounts.

Remove the engine's mount-through bolts with a wrench; do not remove the bolts attaching the mounts to the engine block.

Remove the front axle assembly on a V8 engine, or the front differential on a V6. This is only needed on four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Raise the engine by a couple of inches using an overhead support fixture; connect the support fixture to the lifting eyes on top of the engine to lift it.

Remove the bolts connecting the oil pan to the transmission and the engine and remove the pan. You may need to break the pan's seal with a putty knife, but don't pry between the pan and the engine block.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Wood block

  • Wrench

  • Overhead support fixture

  • Putty knife

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