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Stuck Oil Pan (2006 Highlander 3.3L V6)
I am such a freaking dork...
I am supposed to be about eight states away (most of 'em are small :-)) on Friday. I'm towing a trailer and the HL is my only tow vehicle.
I had the bright idea today to buy a pneumatic needle scaler at Harbor Freight. Never had one of these before. Hot damn is that thing the nuts for cleaning up all that scaly underbody stuff (before I prime/paint or apply anti-corrosion stuff)!
While under the car I noticed oil on the oil pan. WTF. I changed oil yesterday. There was what I thought was atf on the outside of the pan from a recent power steering return line leak (since fixed). I cleaned it off while doing the oil change. The pan is rusty on the passenger side and I guess I assumed that the scale there had prevented me from getting all the atf off. And I've got my new tool in my hand, what am I gonna do? Duh. Seconds later I have a much cleaner, descaled and LEAKING oil pan. I drained the oil, got all the fasteners off, but OMG, how the hell am I supposed to break that sealant? I tried a bunch of things in a gentle, moderate, conservative fashion. I don't think any gentle, moderate, conservative approach is gonna work. Suggestions (based on experience, please)? Some kind of plastic putty knife sort of thing, maybe? I see potential for damage here.
I abandoned the effort due to impending darkness and rain. Screwed the fasteners back in, cleaned the pan up with brake cleaner and covered the rusty area with JB weld (gotta use that goop up somehow). The JB weld might (50/50) cover me for a couple of weeks here, which would be sweet. If not, I might have to bite the bullet and take this one to a pro, which I am certain I am going to be annoyed about ($$$). I'm certain I can do this... I'd just really like to be taught how to do it correctly.
Last edited by Ralph Spoilsport; 04-14-2019 at 09:49 PM.