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Oil Pan


Probationary Member
Aug 23, 2008
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
hey guys. i know this might be a noob question, but i have had a huge oil leak now for about a month now and now i finally got the chance to take a look under the car and my guess is either the oil pan gasket or the O-ring on the oil pan drain plug(or maybe a combo of both). Removing the oil pan looks pretty straight forward except for 2 or 3 bolts that I can't get to because they're in a space between the oil pan and something else. Is there a special way to get to these bolts? a special adaptor for the socket wrench? any suggestions would be helpful :) i have a 1g 4G63 GSX btw.


Probationary Member
Aug 23, 2008
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
OP HERE different username

yeah. like the other bolts are visible and i can just use a socket wrench and get them out. but there's about 2 or 3 that are being blocked that i can't get to. how do i get to those? just use a wrench, instead of a socket wrench?


Proven Member
May 12, 2007
Grandville, Michigan
you have to remove the downpipe, transfer case, and the driverside axle. After that is done, the bolts should be simple to get at.


10+ Year Contributor
Apr 28, 2008
sioux city, Iowa
sounds like it is your transfercase? also use a good rtv on your oil pan for a gasket and the drainplug seal is a metal crush washer.
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