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Drop Oil Pan for Cleaning Low-mileage Caddy?


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Jan 9, 2018, 12:23 PM

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I have picked up a 1994 Cadillac De Ville with only 29,000 Km (18,000 miles). It has been babied and regular maintenance, but still, obviously sat unused for long periods. I am taking it in to have coolant flush, oil change and wheel balance (only things that look obvious need attention on it.)

However, I was wondering if I should have the whole oil pan dropped and thoroughly cleaned out. It is three hours of shop time for that, but I don't mind if it is worth it.

The oil looks nice and clean on the dipstick, but I wonder.

Everything else checks out well. But would appreciate any other tips other than mention above that you might do to such a vehicle. Battery is recent, Tires are recent.

Thanks.
Dave.


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Jan 9, 2018, 2:13 PM

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Why would you drop an oil pan on a car with only 18,000 miles? Was the oil never changed for that period?

How about an engine size?



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 10, 2018, 5:00 AM

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Leave the oil pan alone or just make problems IMO. You have new tires so if they weren't all balance forget that they should be fine. Do the coolant service and check hoses or replace as needed.
Just change the oil and filter doesn't matter how "clean" is looks if you don't know how long it's been in it or what was used begin your own history.
Low, low use/mile vehicle - fine just start using it any snags and problem will show up on their own you may not find at all till it's back on the roads and used.
How stored you may not know totally or how often ever starter or just parked isn't good.


Didn't look it up but think only engine at least for US was a 4.9 V8 should say so right on it,


T



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Jan 10, 2018, 6:34 AM

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Didn't look it up but think only engine at least for US was a 4.9 V8 should say so right on it,


Not if it's a Deville Concours. That would make it a 4.6 Northstar and that would change everything. There would be no way you are removing the pan on that one.



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Jan 10, 2018, 8:09 AM

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Quote OP top post ">I have picked up a 1994 Cadillac De Ville with only 29,000 Km (18,000 miles). It has been babied and regular maintenance, but still, obviously sat unused for long periods.<"
I don't know what to make of that when it says sat unused but was always babied and had regular maintenance?
What is it and how was it even parked - indoors or out is going to make or break this. New battery and tires said "obviously need balancing wheels" -- what does that suggest?


More info needed all around still dropping an oil pan isn't in the cards so let's see if OP comes back with anything more about this thing. KMs or Miles I think is just a one button switch entire everything converts on about all?
T



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Jan 10, 2018, 8:19 AM)






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