Thanks Randy for the response.
I want to replace the pan because it is dented, and a bit rusted (and it was told to me by my mechanic that I 'should think about replacing" it.) Well, as you implied, $400+ is a lot. Thatís why I wanted to try it on my own. If I find the job too overwhelming, I will seek a second opinion.
I donít know if the aluminum section above it needs replacement. I suppose if I get the sub-pan off, I can inspect the aluminum part for damage too. I am hoping not, because the dent in the sub-pan seems to be less than 1.5" deep. There is no leaking, just the dent. Additionally, the pan is beginning to rust at the dent.
I was just bringing the car to operating temp to allow the oil to drain more quickly. If I donít need to do this I won't. Do you think this is not necessary?
Considering I am replacing to correct the dented, rusted pan, do you think it is worth the effort?
Thanks for your expertise.
[Edited by jpl on 07-10-2001 at 04:06 PM]