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  • karjunkie 09/09/09 12:54 pm PST

    Its an easy DIY job that should take about an hour and you'll need Jack stands and a torque wrench. Jack up the front end of the car and place jack stands inder the chassis at secure points with wheel blocks behind the rear wheels. You'll need to drain the oil out of the pan into a container first. Then take off the front exhaust manifold pipe and disconnect the engine oil level connector. Remove the sensor and loosen the oil pan bolts. Remove the bolts with your fingers so they won't drop into the oil container. Remove the oil pan and scrape off the old gasket, making sure it's completely removed. Wipe the surface with solvent, making sure all traces of oil are removed from the oil pan groove. Wipe out the inside of the oil pan. Work the new gasket into the groove, working in both directions. Put the oil pan back on the crankcase and tighten the bolts securely. Install the engine oil sensor and tighten the bolts with a torque wrench to 15 feet lbs. Reconnect the connector to the oil sensor and reinstall the exhaust manifold pipe. Fill the engine with clean oil and check the level with a dipstick to make sure you've added the correct amount. Thats it!

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