How-To/DIY: Replacing Oil Pan Gasket

Over time, certain parts tend to naturally deteriorate due to outside elements and normal wear and tear. A common part that simply wears out for all cars are gaskets. A gasket is a mechanical seal which fills the space between two or more mating surfaces, generally to prevent leakage from or into the joined objects while under compression. Gaskets allow “less-than-perfect” mating surfaces on machine parts where they can fill irregularities. Some noticeable examples of a gasket gone bad is a vacuum leak causing idling issues or thick layer of grime buildup.

In this How-To/DIY tutorial, I will show you how to replace an oil pan gasket.

Step 1 :

  • Remove the 17mm oil plug bolt and drain the oil pan

  • Remove transmission flywheel cover

  • Remove the exhaust manifold or just the bottom piece

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Step 2 :

  • Remove the oil filter and replace with a new one.

  • Make sure to add new oil halfway full inside the oil filter and lubricate the o-ring

  • Remove 19 x 10mm bolts/nuts in a criss-cross pattern

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Step 3 :

  • Remove the old oil pan gasket. If it seems stuck onto the oil pan surface, a razor is helpful in removal.

  • Install the oil pan gasket

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Step 4 :

  • Apply liquid gasket on oil pump and right side cover mating areas as shown in orange gasket sealant

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Step 5:

  • Tighten bolts and nuts finger tight at six points

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Step 6:

  • Tighten all bolts and nuts starting from bolt Number 1 clock-wise in three steps.

  • Torque: 12 N∙m (1.2 kgf∙m, 8.7 lbf∙ft)

  • NOTE: Excessive tightening can cause distortion of oil pan gasket and oil leakage.

  • You want to tighten the oil pan evenly as possible to the bottom block to avoid warpage of the gasket.

How-To/DIY: Install Si-VTEC foglights & Center Console Switch

In the United States, the Acura Integra did not receive fog lights until 1998 when the Integra Type R was released. But what about the gap in 1994 to 1997? The so called “bug-eyed” front end did have fog lights but was only released in Japan. These fog lights came in OEM Stanley light housing and came in two colors: clear and yellow. In Japan, the Si-VTEC fog lights were only in production when the “bug-eyed” front end was in production which was from 1993 to 1995. So unless you were into the JDM scene then, the Si-VTEC fog lights were a rare item to get your hands on a set, especially with OEM wiring harness, center console switch & hardware, in the United States.

Here you can see the used Si-VTEC foglights & Center Console Switch I picked up from a friend who was building up an DB8. It came with the OEM hardware, brackets, plastic bezels and center console button.

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Here is a Wiring Diagram I drew up to keep my work in proper order and to lessen any kind of confusion when it comes to the wiring of this process. Keep this in mind or refer back to this whenever you are feeling confused about this How-To/DIY project.

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Below are the supply and parts needed for this How-To/DIY tutorial and my personal recommendations. Each one has been carefully selected to make this How-To/DIY tutorial easy for you to achieve with a quality finish:


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Before I did this How-To/DIY on Installing OEM Honda Integra Si-VTEC fog lights, I made sure I understood the wiring behind it to avoid any confusion. Since I did not have the OEM wiring harness for this installation of fog lights, I had to come up with my own. I used a 5-pin relay, crimped female disconnects and primary wire to setup everything to plug into the existing plugs and ports.

Here is the link to learning to Soldering Wires.

I provided the link because I had to create a harness from my own resources. With your primary wire, cut a length that will reach from the center console to the under-dash. You’ll have to strip about half an inch of insulation from the wire to solder to the center console button wires. Now crimp a female quick disconnect to each wire.

Here you can see my own DIY fog light harness:

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Now that you have the wiring harness all set up to be plug and play, let’s dive deep in removing everything to install the fog lights and have it wired correctly to work on our command.

Step 1:

  • Remove the bumper

  • Remove 2 x screws on the side bottom

  • Remove 2 x screws on the turn signal lights

  • Twist and pull out the two plugs from the turn signal lights

  • Remove 9 x screws from the front bumper stiffener

  • Remove 2 x 10mm bolts from each side plates

  • Remove 2 x 10mm bolts on the bottom and/or Splashguard

  • On each side, pop the side plate clips off and proceed to pull the bumper outward and off

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Step 2:

  • Cut out the polyurethane on the front bumper grill

  • Make sure to leave the mounting hole areas intact

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Step 3:

  • Mount the Si-VTEC fog lights

  • Mount fog light bezels

  • NOTE: The front bumper has “notches” for the fog light bracket to snatch onto to help keep alignment.

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Step 4:

  • Solder and extend the wires on the fog lights

  • For the right passenger side, I extended the ground cable

  • For the left driver side, I extended both power and ground cables

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Step 5:

  • Mount the fog light ground cables

  • Plug the fog light wire to existing fog light plug

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Step 6:

  • Reinstall the front bumper


Step 7:

  • Remove the Center Console

  • Remove the access cap with a flat tip screwdriver & remove 2 x screws

  • Remove the 2 x screws from the rear console

  • NOTE: To remove the screws, slide the front seat forward

  • Remove the rear console

  • NOTE: Lift up the parking brake lever

  • Detach the hooks by lifting the front of the rear console and sliding it rearward

  • Remove the ashtray

  • Remove 2 x screws to remove the front console panel and disconnect the connector

  • Remove 4 x screws from the front console

  • Depending if you’re A/T or M/T:

  • Wrap the shift lever and A/T gear position indicator panel with a shop towel to prevent damage


  • Remove Shift Lever Knob

  • Remove the front console by lifting the back upward, twisting to one side and then upward after it clears the parking brake lever

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Step 8:

  • Feed the center console switch connector thru the carpet to rear console

  • Pop out one of the plastic pieces and snap the Fog light switch into place

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Step 9:

  • Plug the connector to the switch

  • Reinstall the center console

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Step 10:

  • Mount the relay under the dash

  • Plug each connector to the correct positions:

  • Relay 87 – To stock Fog light wire under-dash

  • Relay 86 – 12V Foglight Switch Pin 3

  • Relay 85 – Ground

  • Relay 30 – To 30AMP Inline Fuse to 12V Constant under-dash

  • Foglight Switch Pin 1 – To 12V Accessory under-dash

  • Foglight Swtich Pin 6 – Ground

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Step 11:

  • Test and turn on fog lights

NOTE: If it does not turn on,

  • Check your connections are in the right positions

  • Check if the inline fuse is good or blown

  • Retry different ports on the under-dash fusebox and remember:

  • Port 1, 2 – Constant 12V

  • Port 3, 5 – Accessory 12V

  • Port 4 – Parking Lights

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How-To/DIY guides for Honda Integra