Originally Posted by bernie04
Thanx Travis and JeepMe for your reply. I used a Felpro gasket it was blue rubber like material with metal eyelets around the bolt holes I did not use any RTV or anything on the gasket that could be my problem. I hate to drop the pan but i guess that is the next step then RTV it
I used the same gasket. Did you use a torque wrench and torque everything down in steps and in a cross pattern? If you didn't and you really don't want to drop the pan, then buy/rent/borrow a torque wrench. Then loosen all the bolts (don't remove, just loosen) and incrementally torque them up to see what happens. You should be able to do that without much effort as all the bolts have easy access. Then if that doesn't work, drop the pan on your next oil change, clean the surfaces, and put some RTV on each side of the gasket.
Also, the repair manual says that you're supposed to apply RTV on the upper side of the gasket at the block/timing cover joints and block/rear main joints. Did you apply RTV there? If not, you're most likely going to have to drop the pan no matter what.