After replacing my oil pump, I replaced the oil pan gasket. Used a layer of RTV around the pan and block as per advice from a friend, put the gasket on the pan first, then put the pan back up. Pan leaked like a sieve. Pulled off the pan today and the gasket was ripped in three places. I read your instructions, stripped all the RTV off, put the gasket on the block first (SO much easier!) and reinstalled everything. Worked perfectly. No leaks so far. Thanks for the write-up!