That's why we don't use RTV. It's an anaerobic sealant. Locktite 518 or equivalent. It hardens when air isn't present. Anything that isn't caught between the flanges (no air) will just wash away in the oil. No lumps left to clog the pump screen.Oh ok. I'm just not confident in my ability to put enough RTV on without putting so much on that it all ends up back in the filter at the bottom of the oil pan again!
I've done it with the subframe in place. You have to stick something between the subframe and the body to lever it down about 3". The clearance is minimal, but you get about a half inch to move it along before you plant it.I used a Fel-Pro oil pan gasket on my 9-5 because the pan sort of slides into place over the top of the subframe. I’ve always removed the subframe on my 1997 900 when taking off the oil pan, so I’ve used anaerobic sealant on that one every time. With the subframe off, you can lift the oil pan straight up with no smearing of the sealant.
Pull what off? The oil cooler or the oil pan? Or some other third thing?Pull it off, spray some solvent in it, blow out with compressed air, repeat, repeat untill solvent comes out clean & easilly. Let dry, reinstall. Pull the oil bypass & clean it too. Sand the piston if its gouged. Lubricate & reinstall.