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Oil Sump Removal 1996 Rover 200 Series

During one of my services, removed and cleaned out the oil sump, lowering of exhaust manifold was required making it easier and more accessible, The exhaust system did not need splitting any time during this whole procedure, just requiring exhaust manifold detached then lowered down to rest on alternator bracket, giving clearance from the exhaust system to easilly withdraw sump from underneath the car.

The procedure used is for when working on level ground, and not over a service pit which would have been much easier. To first commence, engine oil was drained off and front of vehicle jacked up, offside road wheel was removed, and wooden blocks placed under front sill, to allow clearance for working under the vehicle. We have axle stands, however, if the vehicle is to be kept raised for over several hours, then cut down railway sleepers, feel safer, and will spread the load much more evenly.  

Working in sequence each of the 10mm sump bolts, a total of 14 were then removed. the sump pan is not heavy, and easilly supported by hand as the last couple of bolts are removed, Care was needed lowering the sump so as not to catch the oil strainer/pick up pipe, sump was then withdrawn from under the car via the wheel arch of the already removed offside wheel.

Underside of engine with oil sump removed

Oil strainer and pick up pipe, and showing the tip of the old plastic dipstick. Information contained on this page is based on the removal of a 200 steel sump which needs on assembly LVF-100290 gasket The ZR alloy sump does not have a gasket fitted, just requires a bead of sealant being applied before fitting back.

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Sump pan after several years of usage

With sump removed years of tarnished oil is evident in the photo shown, using a scraper, some wire wool, turps and old rags, sump was cleaned and dried out, before fitting the new gasket, doing regular oil changes, may keep engine oilways clear and clen, but sump wont always be free of gunge, its also not unknown to sometimes find the plastic tip of a broken dipstick in there.

Finally cleaned out and with new gasket fitted

Sump now cleaned, and with new gasket, ready to go back onto the 200, then filled with new oil and with new oil filter fitted, prior to a run out, with clean and fresh oil now being supplied to the engine.

Access to 3 of the sump bolts did require that the flywheel cover plate is removed to get to them, tools that were used for this project were 19mm for sump drainage bolt 10mm for the 14 sump bolts, and 8mm for the 3 cover plate bolts, for reference the 200 oil sump drain bolt is 19mm, the drain bolt for ZR is smaller at 15mm this old project was completed during 2005.

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