by Leonardo R. Grabkowski
The Grand Vitara is a mid-size SUV introduced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki in 1999. The Grand Vitara is a larger version of the popular small SUV, the Suzuki Vitara. The need to change the oil pan in a Grand Vitara can arise due to physical damage, such as running over an object, or due to a mechanical malfunction. The oil pan is a vital part of an engine and helps distribute oil to its various moving parts.
Park the vehicle on level ground, set the parking brake, and disconnect the negative battery cable. Elevating the vehicle is optional; The Suzuki Grand Vitara has ample headroom for most, however if you have difficulty accessing under the vehicle, lift it up and place it on jack stands for more headroom.
Make sure the engine has been off for 30 minutes to cool down. Drain the engine oil into the drain pan by removing the oil pan drain plug.
Remove the 21 bolts holding the oil pan to the vehicle. The bolts are positioned along the outer edge of the oil pan. Set the old skillet aside; Keep the screws in a safe place. Remove the old o-ring from the oil pan pickup tube. Discard the o-ring; will use a new one.
Prepare the oil pan for installation by applying a bead of silicone sealant to the notch around the oil pan opening.
Install the new O-ring on the pickup tube. Place the new oil pan on the vehicle and tighten all bolts enough to secure it.
Use the torque wrench to tighten the 21 bolts. Each bolt should be tightened to 97 foot-pounds with the exception of the two in each corner of the front of the pan. They should conform to 20 foot-pounds.
Refill the engine crankcase with oil. Use new oil if the oil is dirty; if it has been changed recently, it is acceptable to use the old oil. Reconnect the negative battery cable and start the engine to check for leaks.
- Using anything other than a torque wrench to tighten the oil pan is unacceptable; Bolts must be tightened to a particular torque level, or leakage may occur, causing possible engine damage.
Articles will need
- Socket wrench set
- Drain pan
- Torque wrench
- Oil pan pick-up tube O-ring
- Replacement oil pan
- Silicone sealant
- New motor oil (optional)