Funny you should ask, I just did this about an hour ago. I just installed the aluminum pan that JP got me. Here you go:
To remove the old pan you will need to do two things. One: jack the engine away from the subframe. Two: drop the front of the subframe away from the engine. Then install the new pan. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, stop now, and get someone who is qualified to help you or do the job for you.
Tools you will need:
10mm socket, extension, universal joint, and ratchet
jack, maybe two
length of 2x4
Here are the details and tricks
Drain all the oil. Take all the10mm bolts out of the old pan. There is one that is hard to get to, it is on the right of the pan right over the subframe. You can get it out one small turn at a time with a 10mm wrench. Let the pan fall. Don’t worry it wont fall out till latter. Then remove the front engine mount from the car by removing the two13mm blots. Remember not to lose the two spacer washers from the back of the mount. Remove the two17mm nuts on the bottom of the side motor mounts. Place what ever you are going to use to jack the engine on the small ear on the block near the front of the engine on the right side. I would suggest a pair of 2x4’s screwed together of a length to be able to jack the engine about 4”. Be careful not to jack the engine too much, you will rip the lower coolant hose. After the engine is up, remove the front two 17mm subframe bolts. Do not remove the rear two. Let the subframe fall, it will fall about 4”. The pan will fall out. Be very careful at this point because there is nothing to stop the engine from falling right out the bottom if the jack fails. Do what ever you wanted to do with your oil pan and put it back in. If you are reinstalling the stock pan install the hard to reach bolts before you jack up the subframe. If you are installing one of the very rare aluminum pans you will need to lower the engine some to get the left “ear” to clear the radiator. After the pan is in, replace the subframe and by installing the two 17mm bolts. If you are strong enough you can push it up and screw the bolts in. If not, get a second jack and use it to push the subframe back up. Then lower the engine slowly so you can realign the side motor mounts in the subframe. Once they are back in you can lower the engine completely and bolt the mounts back in. Reinstall the front motor mount, remember to use the two spacer washers that you set aside. Fill your car with oil and you are good to go.
Modified by vwmann1 at 7:07 PM 9-22-2003