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Old 11-26-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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little bit of a problem...oil pan issue

so i replaced my oil pan yesterday on the svt....installing the last of the 16 or so bolts that hold it onto the block and of course the last one breaks off! dont know how i got that much torque on it using a 6 inch offset wrench but off the head came....im not too enthuastic about removing the pan again and drilling into the block. just wondering if its a big deal to leave it the way it is? i've got it sealed up with rtv and it hasn't spilled a drop of oil. cant see it being a issue with only one bolt missing. oh and p.s, alot of threads about removing the pan say that you have to remove the converter to get the pan off, it is possbile to do it with the exhaust intact. one of the bolts is a little hard to get at with the converter being so close but not impossible to get at. i snapped a few pics while i was at it, post em later!


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Old 11-26-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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I ran a 5.0L for 3 years missing 2 pan bolts (and a water pump bolt) becasue they stripped out. As long as the pan is snug, you shouldnt really have a problem. Just keep an eye on it. If you see it starting to leak then take action.
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If the broken one is in an accessible place I'd try an easy out or even better a "backwards" drill first, since it should come out easily.

Otherwise I'd go with the first advice & not worry about it unless it seeps...

That one bolt might just have been a weak one, those little guys can get stretched & not show it until they break on you... Not much torque needed to pop one...

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ok sounds good, I've checked it at least a dozen times in the last day and its still bone dry...i didn't think one bolt would make that much of a difference, considering half the bolts were finger tight on the pan when i was taking it off. guess they backed off a little over the last 10 years..lol.
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There are a couple of cutouts for tools to bolts there, the cutouts are way too small. Easy to start bolt in crossthreaded as a result. If I ever have to remove that bracket I will definitely be modding the cutouts bigger.
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