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Old 05-14-2006, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hi all, I have a 1992 SL1 1.9 sohc that has a rusted through oil pan. My question, is it a difficult job to replace the oil pan for someone who does not work on cars a whole lot? Also, are there any other parts i should replace while doing this such as oil pump? I am the original owner of this car which has about 165,000 miles on it. I am just trying to keep it going for about another year or so therefore don't wan't to put too much $ into it. All comments are appreciated. Thank you!!
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:58 PM   #2
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You have to remove part of the exhaust system to get to the oil pan in addition to some other bits that are in the way. It's probably not something you want to attempt if you don't work on cars much. Talk to a local Saturn tech and see if they can help. Here are instructions

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Yeah, if you arent very confident in yourself, you might want to find a tech to do it on his lunch break.... It involves unbolting and moving your exhaust, removing the crank pulley, and must clean ALL of old gasket off of bottom of block......
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I had the same problem and couldn't afford $100 canadian for an oil pan. Heres my fix should work for a year or more if done right. I drained all the oil from my saturn cleaned all the grease off the pan with brake cleaner and a rag, then I cleaned all the rust around the rust hole with 40 grit sandpaper until shiny and cleaned the area again with brake cleaner, then I mixed up a small amount of JB weld and applied it with a bodyfill spreader over and around the hole, just make sure you clean to bare metal around the hole where the JB is applied. I built the JB weld out about 1/8". Then let the weld drie for about 15 hours before adding oil or starting your engine. I sprayed mine with truck bedliner the day after. Its hasn't leaked a drop in since I fixed it over 2 weeks ago and thats with synthetic oil. This fix only cost me about $12 and I didn't have to drop my exhaust.
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I really like Jeffs J/B Weld idea, i think i'll try it. I called around for quotes to have it replaced and was surprized that the pan only cost $56.00 from the Saturn dealer, they wanted $375.00 for parts and labor.
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I have a rust spot starting on my '99 Sl2 oil pan. Should I sand it down and put a fresh coat of paint over it or just let it go?
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I would let it go you'll probably never win maybe spray the oil pan down with some rust check I am a firm believer in undercoating.
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #8
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Hey guys, just to let you know, i tried the J/B Weld idea and it seems to be working so far. I sanded it down and cleaned it with brake cleaner and applied the J/B Weld and so far no more leak however i don't know how long it will last, the pan was slightly better than paper thin in some spots, i took a drill bit and pushed it through with very little effort. Time will tell. Thanks again for your help!
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Hey guys, just to let you know, i tried the J/B Weld idea and it seems to be working so far. I sanded it down and cleaned it with brake cleaner and applied the J/B Weld and so far no more leak however i don't know how long it will last, the pan was slightly better than paper thin in some spots, i took a drill bit and pushed it through with very little effort. Time will tell. Thanks again for your help!
Since it is not leaking at this point, a thick layer of spray on undercoating might help to keep it from being damaged from stone chips and other junk being thrown on it from the road.
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I would start saving up for a new pan there Kevin.
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:34 PM   #11
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Is this a frequent problem with Saturns? We (me and various family members) have had a variety of Saturns from 1991 through 1999 and have never experienced this. I've never noticed any rust at all on my oil pans when doing oil changes.
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I would start saving up for a new pan there Kevin.
This car has been good to me but it's getting to the point where i have to weigh cost vrs. life expectancy, i could put $360.00 into the oil pan problem and then six months later the trans could go out. It's like having an old pet that is dying, how much money am i going to spend on something thats going to die soon anyway. I might just break down and buy a new car soon and give this car to my 16 year old niece, her dad is a mechanic so he can fix it properly for her. At 14 years old and 165,000 miles i would say that was $12,000 well spent.
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