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When I was driving my 2009 Toyota Corolla I ran over something in the road. Now my oil pan has a hole in it. Does the whole motor have to be taken out to replace it or can you replace it from underneath?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Scarlett, If major engine damage was not caused by low oil, then yes, you can replace pan from underneath.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Greetings Scarlett, No, the engine does not have to come out of your Corolla if the only damage done was to the oil pan. Yes, it can be replaced from the underside. The techs will use a lift to raise it up off the ground. Drain all the oil out, replace the oil pan & gasket, then put in new oil.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube You may have to remove the exhaust and then change the pan.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at You can replace it from underneath.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive Under normal circumstances, the oil pan can be replaced without pulling the motor.

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