How to Change an Oil Pan Gasket on a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Loredo

1.

Raise the front end of the Loredo off the ground using the floor jack. Rest the front end on two jack stands.

2.

Slide under the engine and position the drain pan under the oil pan's drain plug. Remove the drain plug from the oil pan and allow the engine oil to completely drain into the drain pan. Replace the drain plug to the oil pan.

3.

Using the ratchet set, remove all the securing bolts from around the edge of the oil pan. Tap the side of the oil pan with the hammer to remove it from the engine.

4.

Using the flat head screwdriver, scrape the gasket off the edge of the oil pan. Be sure to scrape all the gasket material off the oil pan.

5.

Place the new oil pan gasket onto the edge of the oil pan. Replace the oil pan to the bottom of the engine. Replace the securing bolts to the oil pan, and tighten the securing bolts in a crisscross (X) pattern.

Tips and Warnings

  • The engine must to be cool before beginning this procedure.
  • The 1998 Jeep Loredo is a mid size SUV. The vehicle's oil pan gasket forms a seal between the oil pan's edge and the engine. The gasket keeps engine oil from leaking from the oil pan. The oil pan must be removed completely from the engine and the engine oil drained from the oil pan in order to replace it. The oil pan hangs lower than the other components around the engine, making this process comparatively simple.