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Oil pan replacement. 3.5

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I have a pretty bad oil pan leak, it's very rusty. I was thinking about using Rock auto and getting their premium pan which "meets or exceeds" OEM. I don't really care too much, just as long as it does its job. My question is.... do I order a pan gasket or use RTV??? Thanks!!

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Black permatex?

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I have used both in the past.  Black RTV by itself and a gasket with permatex gasket sealer.  Both  worked well, no leaks.

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I would definitely use a quality gasket and rtv. Is this upper or lower pan? I would do the same for both. No way I would just use rtv.

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On 10/23/2020 at 12:42 AM, Funpath01 said:

I would definitely use a quality gasket and rtv. Is this upper or lower pan? I would do the same for both. No way I would just use rtv.

Lower pan to start. I had a buddy that would use the gaskets with Indian head shellac to glue the gasket to the pan and just bare gasket against to block surface. That was his go to.

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Every pan I do I just use black permatex RTV and never have any leaks. The wd21 pans come with 2 small gaskets at each end the rest is liquid sealant. I would assume the r50 is the same as my VW with the 2 piece oil pan. I used RTV on that as well with no issues.

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Well, I climbed under the pathfinder and wiped off the lower pan, definitely leaking from the lower pan up by the flange. It's pretty bad. I'm not sure if a pan has ever been done on it before, it had 175,000 miles on it but there was no gasket that I could see, just RTV. Also noticed my LH inner tie rod boot was all torn up so I need that as well as the clamps. Stay tuned.

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I just did mine, I was back and forth on which one to use. Ended up buying one from eBay for $17 and the gasket for $11. It was just as heavy as the OEM, very solid, no issues.

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