oil pan


Definition of oil pan

: the lower section of the crankcase used as a lubricating-oil reservoir on an internal combustion engine

Examples of oil pan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crankshaft whipping through the oil in the oil pan causes oil to foam. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 31 Aug. 2020 With the engine rotated this way, Honda had to relocate the oil pan and pump to the place where a transmission would traditionally bolt to the block. David Beard, Car and Driver, "The Engine You're Driving Might Live a Cooler Life on the Water," 15 Aug. 2020 Instead, be sure to take your oil sample sample mid-flow to get the best representation of what’s in your oil pan. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "For Motor Oil, How Old Is Too Old?," 14 June 2020 Image Kimberly Loya smuggled the drug money across the border into Mexico using a white Mitsubishi — its tires, transmission and oil pans stuffed with cash — 21 times from last May to January, the complaint says. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Paralegal for U.S. Attorney Tipped Off Drug Cartel, Prosecutors Say," 14 May 2020 The oil pan is a strengthening component and has been designed to cut down on vibration. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Snakes alive! Shelby GT500 is the ultimate Mustang," 14 Apr. 2020 Moving the engine forced changes to the external oil tank used by the dry sump oil system to contain the oil that normally sloshes around in the bottom of wet sump oil pans. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 The Sheboygan plants, which make components such as engine blocks, transmission cases and oil pans, have added 75 to 100 employees this year and could use another 20. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The problems of full employment — for some," 22 June 2018 Nissan toughens up the Titan XD Pro-4X with skid plates for the fuel tank, transfer case, radiator and oil pan. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan’s hard-working Titan XD outlier delivers bang-for-the-buck," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of oil pan

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil pan was in 1908

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4 Sep 2020

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“Oil pan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20pan. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oil pan

chiefly US : the lower part of an engine that holds the oil

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