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How To Change Land Rover Oil Pan
Need to know how to change a Land Rover oil pan? As Land Rovers are used for off-road antics, the chances of needing to replace the oil pan are much higher than for road cars. If your Land Rover's oil pan gets dented or has a hole, the oil will leak out and your engine will not last long if it keeps on running. Replacing the oil pan on a Land Rover is not a particularly difficult job, but it does require care as you will be working underneath the vehicle. Having access to hydraulic ramps makes this job much easier and safer.
To change a Land Rover's oil pan, you will need:
- A socket wrench
- A breaker bar
- A plastic container
- Fresh oil
- A new gasket and sealant
- A floor jack
- Axle stands
- If you have access to a hydraulic ramp, take advantage of it. If not, then you need to park your Land Rover on a flat surface, away from traffic and use wheel ramps or axle stands which can withstand over 2,000 kilograms.
- Fit chocks to the rear wheels, apply the parking brake and raise the vehicle . Make sure it is secure before venturing underneath it. Working from directly under the engine, you will see a large oil pan made from steel.
- The drain plug is located on the back of the oil pan. Remove the nut with a socket wrench; it should take a few turns before the oil starts to come out. Have a plastic container ready to catch the oil. Remove the container and using the socket wrench and possibly the breaker bar, undo the frame which traverses the oil pan.
- Once it is removed, you can go ahead and remove the bolts from the edge of the oil pan. Work from the central bolt and undo them in a criss-cross fashion. There will still be oil in there, so place some cardboard on the floor to stop it from staining your driveway.
- Chip away the old sealant and remove the gasket. Clean up the edge with acetone and dry it with a rag. Fit new sealant to the new oil pan and the lower crankcase surface. Fit the gasket to the oil pan and refit the bolts in the same criss-cross fashion.
- Refit the frame bar and tighten the drain plug. If the oil has not been changed recently, pour in fresh oil or reuse the old oil if not.
Posted on: Oct. 07, 2010