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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!? in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; peb boys just quoted me 800.00 then a 2nd pep boys quoted me 922.00 for the change!? that sound right? ...
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    oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    peb boys just quoted me 800.00 then a 2nd pep boys quoted me 922.00 for the change!? that sound right? seems extremely expensive for an oil pan gasket.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    The engine has to be dropped to R & R the oil pan gasket.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    HOLY ... damn.. well that was totally unexpected.. hahahaha

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    yeah, makes a leaky oil pan a lot easier to live with, eh?

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Yeah I understand that quite a job on these cars.

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    lol yes very ranger.. i was shocked i thought the first guy misquoted me or something but wow...any thoughts on how to maybe remedy the problem without the 900 dollar repair?

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Yeah, if it is actually the pan and not the halfcase seal, try this. Pull the bolts one at a time (there are a few you cannot get to). Spray the threads, both male and female with Brakleen (brake cleaner), then blow out the hole with compressed air. Apply some Permatex thread sealer to the bolt threads and torque to specs. Then move on to the next til you do all you can get at. This proceedure has been reported to drastically slow if not stop a pan leak.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Can I ask what the 'halfcase' is?

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    The engine block is made of 2 halves. The top half, with the cylinders, and the bottom half. Sandwiched between the two is the crankshaft. The bottom half is really the crank bearings, and "main caps" and all. There's a seal between the two that's supposed to keep oil in that fails.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    i was wondering if i can use the permatex sealent around the pan not just on the bolts?

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    I'd first get under it and clean it good with a can of Brakleen. Then see exactly where it is leaking from, the pan seam, halfcase or pan bolt threads. Then you'll have a better idea of how to proceed and if it is even worth the effort.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Really? so the block is actually two pieces? I had no idea. So there's no bearing caps it's the two pieces of the bottom end?

    Quote Originally Posted by eldorado1
    The engine block is made of 2 halves. The top half, with the cylinders, and the bottom half. Sandwiched between the two is the crankshaft. The bottom half is really the crank bearings, and "main caps" and all. There's a seal between the two that's supposed to keep oil in that fails.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Now you've got it. The bottom end is a one piece multiple main bearing cap.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    Quote Originally Posted by codewize
    Really? so the block is actually two pieces? I had no idea. So there's no bearing caps it's the two pieces of the bottom end?
    exactly why they're good to 8500+ rpm and 600+hp stock.

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    Re: oil pan gasket change, is this quote correct!?

    hard as hell to see, most of the oil is from the front of the pan, i really do think its the gasket tho, i bet its never been changed.. and it looks like theres some sealent on it already.. but its terribly applied.. siiiiigh time for a six pack and a day under the car..

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