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    Default Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    when we rebuilt my engine last time.... it seems as though we used a little too much RTV between the oil pan and the skirt. Unbolted that bitch and it is NOT coming off. No way no how nuh uh.

    I tried to get a putty knife in there, but its not having it at all.

    So how would you recommend attacking this task? I was able to get the block and skirt seperated by unbolting the oil pickup tube.. but I'm gonna need to get that oil pan off before I get it back together.

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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    exacto knife?
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    if the putty knife can't penetrate......

    I'm more looking for a solvent.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    Nothing's gonna get it off. RTV is chemical resistant as far as I know. As has been mentioned, a razor blade would be your best bit. A putty knife is pretty dull. Or a hammer and a flatblade, though that may require purchasing a new pan.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    I'm sure the stuff is resistant to all petroleum solvents, but maybe not to stong acids. You could try battery acid (sulfuric), or go to a hardware store and get Muriatic acid (hydrochloric). One of those might do the job, the only down side is I'm not sure how well the metal will stand up to either one, especially the sulfiric. But if it loosened it up quickly enough, it could work out.

    Just make sure you have a couple of big boxes of baking soda and some water near by. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by brads03zx3
    Nothing's gonna get it off. RTV is chemical resistant as far as I know. As has been mentioned, a razor blade would be your best bit. A putty knife is pretty dull. Or a hammer and a flatblade, though that may require purchasing a new pan.

    I've tried a utility knife as well. Several of them They aren't penetrating.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    hammer and chisel
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    Quote Originally Posted by v8FociDreams
    hammer and chisel

    If I didn't care about the parts to use them again, then I'd just buy new ones and toss these in the trash.
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    beat the **** out of the pan with a dead blow hammer
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    Quote Originally Posted by TXFO
    beat the **** out of the pan with a dead blow hammer
    exactly.. I had a similar problem with mine.. I used a rubber mallet to the sucker.. It dislodged it enough to peel it away from the skirt.

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    I figured that might be the answer.... I read on one "service" site that recommended banging the hell outta it on the drain bolt.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    I used copper rtv on my oil pan last time and to get it out I had to get a series of small screwdrivers and get them through and push down on all of them at the same time, that way you're putting relatively even pressure on the pan instead of denting the flanged mounting points.
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    Default Re: Too Much RTV... how to remove?

    there are utility knives made super strong for cutting carpet and linolium and all kinds of things.

    I perfer one of these beasts, with a titanium blade aftermarket (heavy duty means thicker, edge looks gold)
    http://www.stanleytools.com/default....ractable+Knife

    if you dont have a stanley 10-788, you got the wrong razorknife.

    otherwise sillicone melts somewhere around 350-400 degrees.
    its got good heat resistance, but it eventually burns off well south of a basic propane torch.
    unfortunately, that means lots of fire in your oilpan.

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    Long flat head screw driver and a hammer?
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