S10 Oil Pan Removal

by Gregory Crews
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Removing the oil pan on the Chevrolet S-10 pick-up should only take a few minutes to accomplish. There are very few reasons why the oil pan would need to be removed. Some of those reasons are replacing the oil pan with a newer one, bottom-end engine maintenance or replacing the oil pan gasket. If the oil pan is removed, the gasket will have to be replaced as well. When lowering the oil pan, have the new gasket ready when you are ready to re-install.

Draining Engine Oil

Locate the drain pan underneath the motor. The drain pan is at the very bottom and is attached by bolts holding it to the motor. Ensure you have a pan that can catch up to 5 qt. of oil. Unscrew the drain plug at the bottom of the pan with a crescent wrench. Allow all the oil to drain. Tighten the drain plug back into the pan.

Removing the Oil Pan

Unscrew all the bolts on the drain pan with a socket wrench. Once all the bolts have been removed, the pan may be frozen in place by the old gasket material. Loosen the pan by tapping it with a rubber mallet. This will break the seal and free the drain pan from the motor. Pull the pan to the ground.

Clean the Oil Pan

Scrape the old gasket material off the surface of the pan and the bottom of the motor. This will require a putty knife or a razor blade. Scrape until all the black matter is removed from both the engine and pan. You can clean the surface with brake cleaner if you want to ensure everything is free from debris. Spray the brake cleaner on the surface and wipe it clean with a fresh cloth. Do not use soap and water in the oil pan.

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