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what is the easiest way to remove the oil pan from engine 2001 lexus rx300
I have all the bolts out already
As you stated, the bolts are already remvoed, correct?
ok, thanks for clarifying.
The oil pan has a flexible gasket between the pan and the engine block
Are you planning to reuse the pan?
looks like white rv silicon
no, I am replacing the pan
yes, that's the factory sealant Toyota/Lexus uses.
oh, any idea, how to seperate the two
The easiest way to remove the pan that I have always used is to strike the pan with a heavy plastic mallet.
the pan? not the engine?
I strike it where the oil drain plug is.
up or across
is a metal one okay like a hammer?
I make sure i reinstall the drain plug and hit the drain plug with the mallet in a downward motion.
let me ask you first if there are two studs still installed on the oil pan mounting area.
do you have inverted torx bits?
from the engine...I took the round socket out
hmmm...not sure...do I need it to remove or will it slide out
I have hex bits
well, in order to use the hammer method, you will need to remove the two studs. When you strike the pan, the pan tends to slide forward. And if the studs are still installed, the pan won't be able to slide forward.
any other opton?
no, you will need inverted torx sockets
there is one.
but, this option you will need to be VERY careful not to scrape the mating surface on the engine block.
Do you have a putty knife?
will i be able to remove the pan from under the engine with those two sockets still in?
yes, I have one
Is it a larger knife?
no more than 4" wide?
less is better
do I pry it down
what you need to do here is to get the knife in between the engine block and the oil pan.
and it will come down even with the two screws
use the hammer and carefully strike the knife until it slides between the block and oil pan.
hey have to run, can I give my number to call me in an hour?
when you removed the bolts, did you have two nuts and the rest of them bolts?
only two nuts for the two inverted screws
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others ones came our with the 10mm socket wrench
then yes the pan will come out using the knife method.
once you have the knife in between the block and pan, pry down on the knife and pan will seperate.