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Old 07-10-2017, 06:44 PM
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Hey everyone, new to the forum here. Should of been on here awhile ago. It would of solved a lot of issues.

Unfortunately, my wife drove our 2004 L300 over a few bumps on a dirt road and nicked the oil pan. It's a small, but steady leak. I have it back at my place and I would like to get some information on how to replace it and where to find the parts to do so. I have been looking around for an oil pan replacement and have found some on autozone going for $700 which seems ridiculous. I have also found some on Amazon ( my go to for auto parts ), however I don't know which one would be the correct fit for this model of Saturn. Would any of you guys know which correct oil pan would the one for this car?

Also, I have worked on cars before, just not this one. Does anyone have a good guide or walk through on replacing the oil pan on a 2004 saturn l300? If so that would help!

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Edit: This is the oil pan that I was originally looking at on Amazon. It says that it fits the 2004 L300 model. Any suggestions?
https://www.amazon.com/Crash-Parts-Plus-Direct-Aluminum/dp/B06XY4P6BX/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499730363&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=oil+pan+2004+l300+saturn+3.0 https://www.amazon.com/Crash-Parts-Plus-Direct-Aluminum/dp/B06XY4P6BX/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499730363&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=oil+pan+2004+l300+saturn+3.0

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Your 2004 L300 can have either engine. The oil pan you have listed only fits the v6 engine. Verify which engine before ordering $80.00 is a good price for the v6 pan.
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Your 2004 L300 can have either engine. The oil pan you have listed only fits the v6 engine. Verify which engine before ordering $80.00 is a good price for the v6 pan.
it has a V6 3.0 L engine in it. Sorry.
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I don't think you will find a better deal. You will need to remove the front exhaust pipe, but the pan will come out the bottom.
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I don't think you will find a better deal. You will need to remove the front exhaust pipe, but the pan will come out the bottom.
from what I understand these cars don't use a gasket as well correct?
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Just follow whatever Andy tells you. You can tell by his user name and reading his posts, that he KNOWS these L Series cars like the back of his hand. Andy is the L Series guru here.
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Just follow whatever Andy tells you. You can tell by his user name and reading his posts, that he KNOWS these L Series cars like the back of his hand. Andy is the L Series guru here.
sweet! Does he have a good guide?
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:06 AM
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There is no pan gasket per say, just use the correct silicone gasket maker in a tube. I have a factory service manual set that covers these cars quite well. Factory service manuals are written for professional mechanics, the Chilton and Haynes are more for the home mechanic.
Your engine has a front cover, GM refers to it as the nose cone. The factory service manual assumes you will remove things for clearance. The manual says:
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Remove nose cone bracket bolts from pan.
3. Remove lower transmission flange to oil pan bolts.
4. Remove oil pan bolts.
Notice: when removing oil pan, use only disignated pry points to prevent damage to the sealing flange. RTV cutter tool SA9123E may be used to break the oil pan loose from the engine block.
5. Use pry points to break loose the seal. Bump the pan with a rubber mallet to loosen the pan from the engine block.
6. Remove oil pan.

I do not use a cutter or rubber mallet. The pry points will pop the pan loose from the block. You can beat on your broken pan if needed.

The factory uses a couple alignment pins to install the pan perfectly. I just apply the sealer and start all the bolts by hand. Since the pan is secured in two directions do not torque any until all are snug.

Factory recommendation is Locktite 5900 or equivalent.
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What's the recommended torque on the oil pan bolts, Andy? You know that question is coming!
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:52 AM
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The fsm says finger tight, then 11 ft-lbs.
Step 2: 30 ft-lbs.
Step 3: the bolts that bolt to the transaxle 48 ft-lbs.
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