Re sealing a canton oil pan

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    Default Re sealing a canton oil pan

    When I first installed a Canton oil pan in my 2001 Cobra, I followed Canton's instructions that called for using sealant between the engine block and the windage tray and a gasket between the windage tray and the block. Unfortunately, A leak developed and it became an irritation that needed to get fixed. The repair involved using two oil pan gaskets and Im happy to report that after a mouth of driving, the oil pan gasket area is as dry as a bone.

    Interestedly enough, Ford service documentation for the 2000 Cobra R also says to use two gaskets. Perhaps, Canton is wrong to suggest using sealant?

    Ford service procedure

    some photos of the oil pan leak repair job.
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    The quicktime bell housing bottom bolts caused a minor interference but once they were removed, a long allen socket and 10mm socket were used to remove the rear oil pan fasteners.
    The Maximum Motorsports K member dropped easily and there was no need to remove the coil over kit or control arms.

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    The double gasket fix you have settled on Jan is the time tested, best fix whenever a windage tray, oil scraper or other device is secured between the oil pan and the block. I doubt you will experience continued oil leaks going forward.


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