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 But even at normal speeds, the oil in the oil pan might be sloshing to one side, and the oil pump gets starved momentarily. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Ditching a ratio in the dual-clutch box is good for 44 pounds, a plastic oil pan is a major contributor in the engine's 16.7-pounds reduction, and the new exhaust system is 22 pounds leaner. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2021 Catalytic converters are located behind the front axle housing next to the oil pan and transmission. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2021 The crankshaft whipping through the oil in the oil pan causes oil to foam. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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, 14 May 2020 The oil pan is a strengthening component and has been designed to cut down on vibration. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2020

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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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“Oil pan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20pan. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oil pan

: the lower part of an engine that holds the oil

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