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Hello, I'm new to the forum. I used to own a 1996 Geo Tracker, but time and wear took it's toll on it and it was to the point it was not worth putting any more into it. I now have a 2001 sportage limited edition. So far I like this vehicle really well. I was wondering if anyone has changed a oil pan gasket on one of these before? I am a John Deere technician so I don't require a complete run down on the complete job, just wondering it looks like the engine will need to be lifted up a little to gain enough clearance to get it out from under there. Is this the case or will it snake out from under there with a little patence? I was just wondering so maybe I could save some time if it will come out without lifting the engine up. Look's like those engine mounts will be hard to access and was hoping I could avoid that if it is possible. Any information anyone could add would be very helpfull. Also I hear that these engine's are prone to the deadly crankshaft keyway breaking out. I know the Geo Trackers was really bad about that, luckily I never faced that with the one I owned. I guess one day my turn will come around. I often wonder why they put such a little keyway there anyway, a little over kill would go a long way in correcting that problem. Thank in advance for any information that anyone could provide.
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welcome to the forums and congrats on the sportage... I like them a lot more than the trackers for preformance and handling, but the sportage is a lot harder to get at things when parts break or need service.

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there's no oil pan gasket. RTV sealant is used instead of a gasket. i'm assuming you have a 4 wheel drive model? the last time i fixed an oil pan leak on one with 4 wheel drive i dropped the front axle down by taking the 2 big bolts that hold it in out and it gave me enough clearance to take the oil pan out. the motor mounts aren't hard to unbolt (6 bolts total) but it's not necessary if you drop the front axle down.

i got my sportage due to the keyway problem. a customer at the dealership i used to work for (before the current one i work for) didn't want to spend close to $2000 to fix it so i bought it from her for $200 and fixed it myself. $300 later it was road worthy again.

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They do make them... if you don't feel like doing the RTV thing. It's 10 bucks.
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i guess it's just a thing of preference. i'd trust rtv before i trust a gasket on certain applications. as for the gasket, i was speaking from working at a dealership and none of kia's models come with oil pan gaskets. they're all rtv. i've had gaskets leak, but i've never had rtv leak unless you don't use enough of it.

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Thanks to everone for the information on the oil pan removal, I will do the job tomorrow. I'm going the RTV route instead of the gasket. I don't want to wait on ordering a gasket now. I'm anxious to get it back on the road. My Chevy truck is not the best gas mileage vehicle to drive 50 miles a day to work. Thanks again for all the information. I hope sometime I will be able to return the favor!
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yeah, the gasket is a felpro aftermarket gasket. I don't think Kia would use anything but their own parts at a dealership. I'm a huge supporter of RTV and I've formed gaskets for Gear boxes, oil pans, valve covers, intake manifolds... Make sure you get the right kind of RTV for higher temperature and oil reisistance. After you use it, don't fire the engine right up. Give it plenty of time to cure before starting it. Last thing you want is RTV sludge gooing up your oil passages or your bearings.
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