Originally Posted by yosip1115
Seems like you are asking for trouble if you try to seal up the RMS without completely dropping the upper pan. You guys said you need to drop it just enough but that means the RTV seal would be compromised significantly. Wouldn't the only proper way be to drop it clean it and apply a new bead? I read a bunch of horror stories so I decided to not replace my RMS for good measure when putting the new engine in. Others say you can get away without dropping the upper pan but you have to use way more RTV than the FSM recommends or it will leak again.
OP nice job, that is a lot of work but I hope it does not come back to bite you. You should check your PCV system, usually excessive crank case pressure will cause the seals to blow out. If you are still tracking down oil leaks try what I do... Use brake cleaner to clean off the engine from the top down with it idling. The oil will come back immediately on the spots that it is seeping through.
I actually had the pan fully off but with just 3" of space between the block and the upper oil pan. It was enough to clean the surfaces, reapply rtv on both the block and oil pan and make sure the two o-rings were set in place . I spent a good 20 minutes cleaning it so I think it's good and as of this morning I haven't seen any leaks from the upper oil pan.
I wish I could have pulled it out completely but the cross member was refusing to drop down fully and at that point I was to tired too fight it anymore...
I also just installed an open catch can- I think I may have finally fixed my oil consumption problem after 9 1/2 years.