1997 Dodge Stratus Changing oil pan gasket

  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 100,000 MILES
I am trying to figure out how I would change my oil pan gasket, Any help would greatly be appreciated.
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 12:51 PM

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Disconnect the negative battery cable from the left strut tower. The ground cable is equipped with an insulator grommet which should be placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from accidentally grounding.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Place a large oil pan under the oil pan drain plug. Drain the oil from the engine.
If necessary, remove the transaxle bending bracket.
Remove the front engine mount and bracket.
If necessary, remove the following:

Transaxle inspection cover
Oil filter and adapter

Remove the oil pan attaching bolts.
Remove the oil pan.
Clean the oil pan as well as the oil pan gasket sealing surfaces.

Using a suitable rubber adhesive gasket sealant, apply a 1 / 8 in. Bead at the oil pump-to-engine block parting line.
Install the new oil pan gasket by positioning it properly onto the oil pan.
If a gasket is not available, use a1/8inch bead of silicone gasket maker.
Install the oil pan onto the engine.
Tighten the oil pan attaching bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
Although no torque sequence is available, it is recommended that you begin at the center of each side and progress outward, in an alternating pattern.
If removed, install the oil filter adapter as follows:
Be sure the O-ring seal is seated in the groove on the adapter.
Align the locating roll pin into the engine block.
Tighten the retaining fastener to 60 ft. Lbs. (80 Nm).
Install a new oil filter.
Install the transaxle inspection cover, if removed.
Install the front engine mount and engine mount bracket.
Install the transaxle bending bracket.
Install the oil pan drain plug and gasket. Tighten the drain plug to 25 ft. Lbs. (34 Nm).
Lower the vehicle.
Fill the engine with fresh oil to the proper level.
Connect the negative battery cable. Start the engine and check for leaks.

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