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Try tightening the bolts first. You`ll have to.... (archive)

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Posted by John A on March 25, 2002 at 22:01:07:

In Reply to: Re: Oil pan dilemma posted by roger j on March 25, 2002 at 21:42:41:

....remove the lower pan to get to some of the upper pan bolts. I had my lower pan off to install a baffle. I found a lot of loose bolts on the upper pan. When I tightened them, the leak stopped.
88 ///M3 Cinnabar

You don't need to remove the subframe to get
the upper pan off.

- remove belly or clam cover (at lower tranny
and under upper edge of oil pan).
- take off lower pan
- unbolt ground cable and vent tube
- remove oil pump
- remove upper oil pan

Thanks for the advice so far guys, I really am enjoying the car. A problem I have run into is that the oil pan that bolts to the engine is leaking. Not the easy to remove lower pan, but the one attached to the engine that the other pan attaches to. Can I remove this short of pulling the engine or lowering the subframe while supporting the engine? It looks like bad news to me, I do have a pit with a wench above, I could take off the lower subframe while supporting the engine, any serious mechs out there have any ideas? Thanks again

What is a belly or a clam cover?

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