Tried to do my due diligence and search, but didn't find much of help.
Apparently while the wifey was getting an oil change (just moved, been busy, and garage is full of junk - don't hate!), the shop told her the oil pan gasket had a super small leak.
The best info I could really find on a slightly older model (if I recall it was a 2006), and it was mixed info on whether or not I needed a lift and chain to hoist the engine from the top side.
If someone can comment on whether the 09 model requires it or not, that'd be great.
Admittedly, I haven't looked since my jack and stands are at my friend's, and he's out of town... Super great....
So far as I understand the process:
- Drain oil from system completely
- Lift engine?
- Unbolt system, expecting a ton of spilliage (unless you have some killer tips)
- Remove old gasket; if RTV, clean off w/o scraping pan lining
- Replace gasket; if RTV, apply a simple bead
- Reapply bolts, starting with the center bolts - I suppose to cleanly press the gasket in place
Is there any cross-member blocking anything? Any gotchas that would catch me mid work-session?
I plan on taking care of this on the next oil change, as it seems to be a very small leak, but need to know about the hoist. I feel pretty confident about the rest. I've changed a few RTV head gaskets before so this is just upside down.
If anyone can comment anything I might have missed, or have any tips, I'd really appreciate it!