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Oil is one of the most important liquids that your vehicle can't do without. Aside from lubrication, it also helps in cooling engine components. Considering its vital role, have you ever wondered where the oil stays when it's not in use or when your vehicle is at rest? The answer is in the oil pan! This is the storage area of the oil when it flows down the side of the crankcase. Generally, oil pans are metal chambers or bowl-shaped compartments that are fastened at the bottom of the crankcase. The good thing about this part is that it can be removed for easy maintenance. An oil drain plug is one of the most important parts of this pan. This plug can be removed to let the oil flow out of the pan during oil change, which means you don't need to remove the pan itself. Because of its location, the pan is prone to dirt and corrosion. If you see oil leaks underneath your vehicle, your car's oil pan might already be busted. Replacement is the best solution to this problem. No need to worry about replacements because Auto Parts Warehouse provides an extensive selection of oil pans for you to choose from. Our products come from the best manufacturers in the industry today, so you can rest assured that you get your money's worth.
Choosing the Right Oil Pan for Your Vehicle
An oil pan is probably one of the most boring parts of the car-it's there to store oil, period. It doesn't have any mechanical parts, it doesn't take you a minute to detach it, and sometimes you don't even need to remove it to let the oil flow out. But did you know that it plays a very exciting and important part in keeping your engine cool and well-lubricated? The oil needed by your engine comes from this humble pan, and from there it gets distributed to other parts of your engine and your car. Your engine's oil plays an essential part in controlling temperature and lubrication, and as such, having leaks in your oil pan will lessen your engine's effectiveness.
Stock vs. aftermarket
If your oil pan has leaks or has developed damage or corrosion over time, a replacement pan with the same qualities and specifications as your stock pan will do the job. However, if you are planning to upgrade your car's performance, starting with an upgraded oil system-the oil pick up, oil pump, filter, bypass system, and of course, the oil pan-is key. Aftermarket oil pans improve on what the stock pan does. With their specialized design, they provide better oil control, greater durability, and even more horsepower for your engine. Deciding between getting a replacement factory oil pan and an aftermarket product will depend on what you are planning to use your car for.
Street vs. racing
If you're planning to build a dependent street car, look for an oil pan with a windage tray or crank scraper. The frequent turning, acceleration, and braking can cause the oil to flood to the sides of the oil pan. The windage tray and crank scraper can make your oil pan keep up with the repeated movement of oil inside the pan. They can also help prevent the buildup of excess oil on the crankshaft, which adds rotating weight and consequently reduces horsepower.
On the other hand, if you're going to use your car in drag racing, buy a specific one for the job. In drag racing, there won't be much oil movement while your car is traveling on a straight line. When you hit the brakes, however, oil splashes inside the pan. Because of this, a trap door is a standard feature of a drag pan. Look for aftermarket oil pans that have an oil recovery pouch to control the oil movement and route the oil back to the sump.
Always make sure that when buying a larger aftermarket oil pan, you consider its size and ensure that it will fit in your car. Some items like headers, cross members, and sway bars may interfere with larger pans. Otherwise, if you're just looking for a replacement for your worn-down oil pan, your best bet is a replacement factory product.
Maintenance Tips: Servicing and Mounting an Oil Pan
The oil pan stores the lubricant used to keep the engine running smoothly. Once it breaks, oil will leak and engine parts may be damaged by excessive heat. The engine will eventually break down. Good thing is, your oil pan is located at the lowest section of your crankcase, which makes it quite easy to access. As such, you can check and install the new pan by yourself. Here's how:
Tools you'll need:
- Thin, flat driver
- 3mm Allen wrench
IMPORTANT: OEM gaskets typically hold onto the surface 5x longer, so they are best used as replacements.
Removing the old pan
Step 1: Remove your exhaust down pipe, transfer case, and axle bearing carrier.
Step 2: Loosen the oil pan bolts.
Step 3: Remove your old oil pan by sticking a thin driver between it and the block, but be careful enough not to chew up the block side.
Step 4: Once the pan is taken out, scrape the surface where an old gasket is attached.
Step 5: After cleaning the surface where your old pan had been, use the 3mm Allen wrench to install the studs that come with the pack of the new pan. NOTE: Do not run the bolt past the other end of the block. It might rub with the timing belt and cause wear.
Installing a new pan
Step 1: Clean your new pan's surface.
Step 2: Apply adhesive and place the gasket on the pan's surface.
Step 3: Position the new pan over the studs and lock it with the included nuts in the pack.