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Old 02-18-2019, 08:16 PM
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Oil pan gasket replacement

Hey everyone. I have a 2009 G37s. It's a sedan manual but doubt that matters for my question .. I have an oil leak and it's coming from ... the oil pan gasket I've been quoted about $350 just for labor. Is it actually a difficult or time consuming job, or just something messy that people would rather pay to have it done then spent the hour or so and do it themselves ... remove the oil pan, pry off the old gasket (with a putty knife?) , put the new gasket on, then bolt back on the oil pan .. am I missing something? Any special tools required? Any suggestions or advice you all could offer would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:21 PM
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I can't say for certain but I think there is no gasket. Instead, it's like Permatex gasket goop that solidifies on contact with air. The SR20 was that way more than twenty years ago.

I don't see oil pan gaskets on discountinfinitiprts.com
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:07 PM
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FSM Oil pan
Page EM-45 - INSTALLATION

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Old 02-18-2019, 11:20 PM
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It looks easy enough but there are multiple points of potential failure.

1) Once the bolts are undone the pan don't just drop. You need to break the old gasket with a proper tool without gouging the pan's mating surface on the engine.
2) Remove old gasket material from engine underside without damage
3) apply liquid gasket to pan properly (not too much, not too little and consistent around perimeter)
4) properly align pan during installation
5) torque bolts in proper sequence and torque

So none of these steps are particularly difficult for a competent mechanic. However they do require a level of experience, esp #3. $350 does sound a lot (does it include the pan too)? I can't see this taking more than an hour to do, probably much less if the tech knows what he's doing.
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