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NEVER use silicone sealer on an oil pan gasket or any other composite or rubber gasket. (Most people call composite gaskets cork gaskets because they contain some cork but pure cork gaskets have not been used for oil pan applications for more than 50 years.) Use of silicone sealer on an oil pan gasket will dramatically increase the chances for a leak and make it harder to get the proper torque on all the bolts around the pan. Let the gasket do the sealing job it was designed to do.
well it all depends on the vehicle,some engines you will have to raise the engine to allow clearance to remove the pan after removing the bolts,and even some may have to be raised higher that others because of the oil pick-up tube,the tube plugs into the oil pump and sets close to the bottom of the pan,usually in the lowest part of the pan by the oil drain plug,after removing the pan,you must clean off all the old gasket from the pan and the engine,and its a good idea to change the rubber seal on the bottom of the timing chain cover,after affixing the new gasket to the pan or engine block,some times it works better to use some gasket sealer under one side of the gasket to hold it into place,but i wouldn't use silicon because it will turn to rubber and you will have leaks before long,use gasket sealer,it's tacky and will hold the gasket in place,and if you need to move the gasket a little you will be able too,when tighten the bolts do not over torque the bolts because you may mash the gasket in half or bend the pan,you can find the torque pattern in a manual ,it will show you the sequence to tighten the bolts and will show you how many pounds of torque to tighten the bolts,and after you run the engine for awhile,,you may want to re-check the torque on the bolts to make sure they are still tighten to the correct pressure
The Truth is... There is no way this question can be answered accurately without knowing more about your application. Some engines will require removal (or at least elevating the engine a few inches) to get the oil pan out.
Most modern engines will allow the following, being front wheel drive. RWD's will probably need to have the engine lifted.
Replacing an Oil Pan Gasket
You need to follow the same procedure as for timing belt replacement. But in the case of the oil pump you have to remove the oil pan too. There is a strainer attached to the oil pump from the bottom you will have remove it too. Then replace the oil pump, make sure that you have replace the oil pan gasket, and oil pump gasket.
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