2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser oil pan removal

Tiny
BATESEY
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
I hit a chunk of ice and it tore a hole in the oil pan. Does oil pan removale require raising the engine or does it just unbolt and drop out?
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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 AT 5:52 AM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hey BATESEY,

Raise vehicle

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Drain engine oil and remove oil filter.
Remove right inner splash shield.
Remove structural collar. See: Engine Mount
Remove lower torque strut.

Remove oil filter adapter and gasket (Fig. 116).
Remove oil pan and gasket (Fig. 116).
Clean oil pan and all gasket surfaces.
INSTALLATION

Apply Mopar RTV GEN II at the oil pump to engine block parting lines (Fig. 117).
Install oil pan gasket to the block.
Install pan gasket and pan. Tighten screws to 12 Nm (105 in. lbs.) .
Install oil filter adapter and gasket (Fig. 116). Tighten screws to 12 Nm (105 in. lbs.) .
Install oil drain plug and oil filter.
Install structural collar.
Install lower torque strut.
Lower vehicle and fill engine crankcase with proper oil to correct level.

Here are some guide below to help with the job,

Please let us know happens so it will help others.

Best, Ken
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:52 PM
Tiny
JOSH24
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  • 2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 240,000 MILES
I'm trying to remove a oil pan and 3 of the bolts are under the structural collar and I need to remove and need to know how to remove the structural collar vie have tried a ratchet with a socket and a crechent wrench neither worked. How do I remove the structural collar
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:54 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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You have to remove collar with bolts indicated. You will have to support engine from top also you need to remove lower torque strut see pics.
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JOSH24
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Can I use a jack to support the engine
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Nope, too dangerous especially pulling the pan, you need to support the engine from above.
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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JOSH24
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So I have to use a cherry picker
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Or something strong enough to hold the engine. Of course if engine mounts are not disconnected you are good to go.
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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RABMARTIN
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  • 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

THE DEALER THAT ALWAYS DOES MY OIL CHANGES SAY THAT MY OIL PLUG IS STRIPPED AND THAT THE OIL PAN NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. WHY WOULD IT BE STRIPPED?
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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DOCFIXIT
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Bolt cross threaded or over tightened
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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BENSKI76
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  • 2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES
I need to get a new oil pan for my 2002 PT Cruiser since the threads for the drain degraded and started to strip out. I was considering a used parts but I am concerned about turning around and spending even more after a few more changes on having to get another pan. What would you recommend?
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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Go with a new pan, do the job once!
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 AT 3:55 PM (Merged)

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