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How To Replace Oil Pan Gasket Fix Oil Leak 1998 - 2001 Nissan Altima

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Created on: 2013-12-30

Watch this video to learn how to fix oil leaks. The experts at 1A Auto show you how to replace the oil pan gasket on your 98-01 Nissan Altima.

  1. step 1 :Remove the Old Oil Pan
    • Raise and secure the vehicle.
    • Drain the oil into a catch pan by removing the drain plug.
    • Replace the drain plug
    • Remove the ten 10mm bolts.
    • Carefully pry the oil pan off over a catch pan.
    • Scrape off the old gasket.
  2. step 2 :Install the New Oil Pan
    • Apply RTV to the edge of the oil pan take sealant.
    • Replace all the bolts.
    • Tighten the bolts to 7 foot-pounds.
    • Remove your oil cap and replace your low oil.
    • Let the car idle for a bit to warm up and circulate the oil.
    • Check your levels again and make adjustments.

Tools needed

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper


    14mm Socket

    Pry Bar

    Jack Stands

    Drain Pan

    10mm Socket


    Floor Jack

Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the internet. Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto, I hope this how to video helps you out and the next time you need a part for your vehicle think of 1AAuto.com, thanks. In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the oil pan and gasket on this 2000 Nissan Altima and we do recommend that you replace the oil filter and do a full oil change with you do this process. The items you'll need for this is a 10mm and 14mm socket and ratchet with an extension, a drip pan, oil filter wrench, oil, oil filter, jack and jack stands, torque wrench, RTV, a pry bar and a razor blade.

Your oil pan is located right here and you just want to remove this 14mm drain plug. Make sure your drip pan is underneath it and just let that oil drain out. Once it's drained, replace your 14mm drain plug and tighten it up. Your oil filter's located right here and you just want to use an oil filter wrench on it to loosen it up. Once it's loosened up, you can just remove it by hand and again make sure your drip pan's underneath there because there will be some oil trapped behind it. Wipe down the area. Your new oil filter and some fresh oil and just rub it around that O ring. Then twist your oil filter back into place and twist the oil filter until it stops and then go another two-thirds to three quarters of a turn to tighten it.

Now lining the oil is ten 10mm bolts and you want to go ahead and remove those. If the oil pan doesn't just pull right off once all those bolts are removed then you're going to need to replace two of the bolts, one at one corner and one at another corner and then you're going to need to use a pry bar and just try to pry it free. Those bolts, you only want to replace them about a third of the way. Once it's free, just remove those two bolts and make sure your drip pan's underneath it and pull it down and off.

Now using a razor blade, just clean up the area, you want to make sure you remove the old gasket entirely and that it's completely cleaned and flat surface. You want to do the same thing with the oil pan as well, you want to make sure none of the old gasket's there. Once your oil pan is clean, just use RTV to make a new gasket and you want to make sure there are no gaps or anywhere there could be a leak. Go over the area again, make sure there's no oil in the way and then press your oil pan up into place and start putting in the bolts by hand. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. After he replaces all the bolts, he just tightens them up. You want to torque each of these to seven foot pounds. Remove your oil fill cap and you just want to replace the oil and you can find out the type of oil and how much of it in your user manual. Replace the oil cap and then start your vehicle, just let it run for a second, turn it off and pull out the dip stick, wipe it clean, push it back in all the way, pull it back out and check your oil level. We are all set.

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