FC3s Oil Pan Brace Installation Instructions


FC Oil Pan Brace Kit
FC Oil Pan Brace Installed


Tools & Materials Required


Pic #1 Clean Stud Holes
Pic #2 Clean Stud Holes
Pic #3 Insert Studs
Pic #4 Studs Installed
Pic #5 Check Oil Pan
Pic #6 Install Brace on Oil Pan
Pic #7 Apply RTV
Pic #8 Install Oil Pan & Brace
Pic #9 Pan & Brace Installed
Pic #10 Attach Nuts
Pic #11 Torque Nuts
Pic #12 Install Bracket

Click Here for Instructions if you are installing the Oil Pan Brace while the engine is still in the vehicle

  1. Clean the oil pan and engine contact surfaces thoroughly.
  2. Clean out oil pan stud holes completely, ensuring that there is NO RTV, dirt, etc. at base of holes. Failure to do so may result in cracking of plates. We recommend using a M6 x 1.0 Tap (pic #1) , but you may use a pick if necessary (pic #2).
  3. Ensure that the contact surface of all parts are clean.
  4. Using 3mm Allen wrench, thread studs into oil pan mounting holes (pic #3).
      • If you experience difficulty inserting the studs, please ensure that the holes are thoroughly clean
  5. Check Oil Pan for rim defects. If necessary, use pliers to straighten edges (pic #5).
  6. Place oil pan brace on oil pan (pic #6).
  7. Apply a 4 - 6mm continuous bead of RTV Silicone Gasket Maker to the bottom of the engine components along the inside of the studs and around bolt holes (pic #7). NOTE: Install oil pan within 5 minutes of application.
  8. Install oil pan and brace as pictured, lowering onto the studs (pic #8).
  9. Thread hex nuts onto oil pan studs (pic #10).
  10. Torque nuts gradually and evenly to 8.9 - 11 N-m {79 - 104 in-lbf} (pic #11). DO NOT over torque nuts as this will cause studs to break.
  11. Using stock hardware (17mm bolts & washers), install passenger-side engine bracket (pic #12).
  12. Torque engine mount bolts to 75 - 93 N-m (55 - 68 ft-lbf).
  13. Allow a minimum of 24 hours for RTV to cure.

Note: Do not use Oil Pan Gasket

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