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Changing oil pan gasket

jbonifas

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Feb 9, 2001
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94
Location
Shreveport, LA
Corvette
1981 silver/blue: two tone
I have a leak from the oil pan gasket. I have tried to tighten it and it still leaks at the rear. I have secured a new gasket and have the car on a ramp. The oil pan is loose, but I can not get it out. The power steering is in the way. What do I have to do to get this out. Help! Can I loosen something, or jack something up?
Jeff
 

Stingray6974

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Oct 12, 2000
Messages
494
Location
Garland,Texas
Jeff,
You need to drop the steering centerlink. Take it loose at the idler arm and pitman arm. You might have enough room if you remove it from just the idler arm. While you are there this would be a good time to replace the rear main seal.
Mike
 

80convertible

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Joined
Jan 26, 2001
Messages
416
Location
Asheville, NC
Corvette
1973 converted to 1980 custom convertible
Another thing to consider is the newer one piece oil pan gasket. They are easier to install and help reduce chance of leakage especially at the front and rear. If you can't find it locally, summit racing has them.
 

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