SUBARUPictures of how I Replaced the Oil Pan Gasket on the Subaru Legacy Outback 2.2 engine.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. I know where the oil pan is. I'm just getting a bird's eye view. Don't tell me my business, boy.
    Pitching Stopper
    Unbolted the pitching stopper so I can lift the engine up enough to get to all the oil pan bolts.

  2. Jacked up and supported with wood under oil pan. The jack wanted to lift the whole car, not just the engine. These big screwdrivers wedged under the engine mounts pried and lifted the engine just enough.
    support oil pan

  3. There is the nut off of an engine mounting bolt with the big screwdriver visible.
    engine mounting bolt and big screwdriver

  4. Parts is parts. We got here: One pitching stopper bolt. Two engine mount nuts and washers. Some sockets and extentions and joints and a wrench. And a mess of oil pan bolts.
    parts is parts

  5. I still could not get the pan off around the oil pickup.
    Oil Pickup

  6. So I took the oil pickup off too.
    Oil Pan and Pickup Engine Bottom

  7. Cleaned the old sealant from the aluminum oil pan lip. Hardly any sludge after 175k miles. A good sign.

  8. Here's the new gasket from FelPro. Lots of people have lots of opinions on this. To cork or not to cork. Silicone or none. What color and what brand. I did my Pathfinder oil pan with only the silicone and that does not leak. I did the Subaru with only the cork and that does not leak. I guess the thing to remember here is that everything I do is perfect no matter what.
    Cork Gasket

  9. Cleaned all the oil pan bolts in gasoline or turpentine or something. My lawyer has advised me that I have never used gasiline as a solvent.
    not gasoline

  10. Here you can clearly not see the o ring in the oil pickup. I replaced it with a nitrile o ring of the inappropriate size.
    o ring

  11. Here we see the oil pan drain hole which was specifically designed by highly educated engineers to form a perfect oil tight seal at the factory and after the first oil change to leak like hell.
    I know!
    I threw another o ring on there and this is the first time I got between oil changes without it leaking.
    oil drain plug

  12. Put the oil pickup on loosely, positioned the gasket onto the oil pan, put the oil pan around the pickup, then tightened the pickup all the way, and istalled the oil pan. Watch that other oil passage connection in the back there and on the driver side shove the dipstick passage back together.
    oil pan installation

  13. Next all the bolts go on the pan. Well, some go onto the pan, some fall down in between tiny crevasses. Get the magnet on a stick.

  14. Finally I removed this support cover get in the way o tron and getting those last bolts onto the back of the oil pan was a lot easier.
    get in the way o tron

  15. Here is the oil pan with a new gasket and leak free.
    oil pan

  16. Here's some tools that I used. Hi tools.

  17. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  18. Then I finished my beer.

EDIT: 11/13
Three years since I changed the leaking oil pan gasket. The oil pan is dry and a bit dusty. There are three other oil leaks, it's a Subaru after all, but the oil pan is not currently leaking. Yet.

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