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STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE TO REMOVE OIL PAN FROM 97 SE 3.1 MOTOR

1997 Pontiac Grand Am • 220,000 miles

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Geno500
September 22, 2012.




REMOVAL

Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the drive belt.
Loosen the upper A/C compressor bolts, if equipped. Do not remove the bolts.
Raise the vehicle. Support the vehicle.
Drain the crankcase.
Remove the right front tire and wheel assembly.
Remove the right splash shield. See Body and Frame.
Remove the engine mount strut from the suspension support.
Remove the right front ABS wheel speed sensor harness from the right suspension support.
Remove the right front ball joint. See Steering and Suspension.
Remove the right side stabilizer link. See Steering and Suspension.
Remove the right side suspension support. See Steering and Suspension.

Remove the lower A/C compressor bolts.
Position the compressor aside. Support the compressor. See Heating and Air Conditioning.
Remove engine mount strut bracket.
Remove the engine to transmission brace. See Transmission and Drivetrain.
Remove the oil filter.
Remove the starter. See Starting and Charging.
Remove the flywheel inspection cover.

Remove the oil pan side bolts.
Remove the oil pan bolts.
Remove the oil pan.
Remove the oil pan gasket.
Clean the following items.

Oil pan flanges
Oil pan rail
Front cover
Rear main bearing cap
Threaded holes

INSTALLATION

Install a new gasket. Place sealant on the oil pan gasket tabs if you are installing the rear main bearing cap. Place the sealer on the tabs that insert into the gasket groove of the outer surface on the main bearing cap. Use GM sealant P/N 1052080 or its equivalent.
Install the oil pan.
Install the oil pan retaining bolts. Tighten the retaining bolts to 25 Nm (18 lb ft).
Install the oil pan side bolts. Tighten the side bolts to 50 Nm (37 lb ft).
Install the transmission converter cover.
Install the starter. See Starting and Charging.
Install the oil filter.
Install the engine to transmission brace. See Transmission and Drivetrain.
Install the engine mount strut bracket.
Loosely assemble the A/C compressor spacer and the upper bolts. Secure the spacer and the bolts in place.
Install the A/C compressor to the engine. See Heating and Air Conditioning.
Install the right side suspension support. See Steering and Suspension.
Install the right side stabilizer bar. See Steering and Suspension.
Install the right side bail joint. See Steering and Suspension.
Connect the right front ABS wheel speed sensor harness.
Install the engine mount strut to the suspension support.
Install the right splash shield. See Body and Frame.
Install the right front tire and wheel assembly.
Lower the vehicle.
Install the drive belt.
Fill the crankcase.
Connect the negative battery cable.

ASEMaster6371
Sep 22, 2012.


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