Re: 95 Civic oil pan gasket replacement questions (Mr. Bagel)
cake...cake, cake, cake...drain the oil, remove the nuts, drop the pan (sometime gets stuck a little, use the flatest item you can find and give it a littel jimmy), clean the bottom of the block and remove all the old gasket that may have gotten stuck on (i use a gasket remove tool to be had at any auto store for about $2), move onto the pan and do the same (use the "tool" or chisel, or flathead screwdriver) and remove the left over gasket material, clean it up while your at it, drop the new gasket on the pan, apply a light (i mean light) layer of clear rtv silicone to each corner of the gasket and the dip where it mates to the block, make sure the gasket is lined up and put it upto the block, put all the nuts on loose and then tourqe to spec in a criss cross pattern starting in the middle of the block and alternate to each side....thats about it i guess? super easy...you do not have to remove the header but it will help...maybe just remove the lower portion, unless its a onepeice. ive personally have never ever seen a leak from the oilfilter...that might be cuz i hang out with reasonably compitent people who can hand tighten... the cam seal is possible but not likely because it would take quite a leak to find its way to the ground enough for you to say " whoah im leaking oil"...if its an oil leak on the block then yes, trance it to the source...also how much oil is being lost? no oil from headgasket...if it were youd have way more trouble than a little leak! check the coolant to see if any oil is floating...if so then headgasket.