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The easiest way to get off the oil pan is...?

When I rebuilt my engine, I put the oil pan on with the engine on a stand, so I've never gone at it from the bottom. Apparently I did a poor job sealing it, because it seems that is where my leak is. I got my car back from my tuner (RalliTek) a few days ago, and they said it was 2 bolts to get to the pan.

I got the 2 nuts off the engine bolts coming through the crossmember, now what? I still can't reach the back 3 bolts on the pan. I tried jacking up the tranny, but it just lifts the car. I need to get the engine up a couple inches from the crossmember...I even tried rolling the car off the ramps and jacking the tranny from the floor in case the axles were somehow holding it up, I don't know though. What am I missing?

Would it be harmful to try to jack it up on the drivers side of the block? It's awful far up though.

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I've never tried doing a pan on the car, but if you also disconnect the pitch mount (dog bone) you might get enough room to get at it. That will allow the tranny to move a little bit upwards. Be aware of what you might pinch up there before you jack it up (AC lines etc.)

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^^^ that helps
I also remove the motor mount bolts an jack the engine up, but they are still a bitch to get to. I use a 1/4" universal socket on the end of 2 wobble extensions to snake it to the bolts.

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I never had to do any of that.. I just put the car up on jack stands, used a 1/4 ratchet, long extension (6-8"), a u-joint, and a 1/4" thin wall 10mm socket. It took some time, but I could get to every bolt to loosen and tighten.

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the easiest way is....
their is no easy way
but their are techniques that can be used to make it a little eaiser. look down this post for all the links, keep in mind it for an 2004 sti.
she is bleeding oil pan threads stripped
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