In most cases, your engine's oil pan should last for the life of the car. It doesn't have any moving parts, supports no weight, and is under no stress whatsoever. However, it is vulnerable to impact from undercar debris, and it is possible it could develop a leak or crack due to rust in inclement weather. If that is the case, you would notice a small pooling of engine oil underneath your car or truck when it is parked. Or, if you have an old engine you want to rebuild then you'll want a new oil pan to replace the old one. Since it is the sump for your engine's oil, driving for an extended period of time with an oil leak is extremely dangerous. Oil lubricates all the engine's internal moving parts, and without the appropriate amount the pistons could seize inside the cylinders, a connecting rod could break, and the engine would be rendered useless. No one wants that, and with a simple repair like installing a replacement oil pan, there's no need to put it off any longer than you have to.
Motor oil is the lubricant that keeps the engine internals running smoothly and continuously. And like all other fluids in your engine, you need to keep a reservoir full of oil to keep it recirculating properly. This reservoir is the oil pan
, and it is located at the bottom of your engine's crankcase. It will typically have a low point (called a sump) that contains most of the oil, and a pickup tube connected to the oil pump will draw oil from the sump out to the cylinder head and engine block. Meanwhile, the crankshaft will spin around inside the oil pan and scoop up small amounts of oil to be sent through small channels in the shaft and connecting rods. A damaged oil pan means your engine will eventually suffer from a lack of oil and break down.
Replacing your oil pan is not a very complicated procedure as long as you have the correct tools. You will need a lot of space under the car, so have a lift and jack stands. First, drain the oil, collect it, and prepare to dispose of it properly. Next, unbolt the oil pan and scrape off the old gasket. You will want a completely clean and smooth surface for the new gasket to adhere to. Now, prepare the new oil pan. On new cars, only a liquid gasket is required and there will be a slight channel around the perimeter of the pan to take the adhesive. On older pans, a cork or rubber gasket will fit into that channel. Once you have your oil pan gasket sorted out, bolt the pan to the crankcase. Make sure you have a new drain plug in the pan, and you might as well change the oil filter as well. Finally, fill up with new oil and you're done.
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