Yeah, I didn't think that inspection plate was coming off without major work. I'm using a Haynes manual for 87-99 Wranglers. That's a lot of years of Wranglers so I was hoping I wouldn't have to take the plate on my 99.
Looks like I can get the rear pan bolts off. I was just wondering about the rubber piece between the plate and the pan. Guess I'll proceed to take the pan off.
To answer the question why I'm removing the oil pan...my pressure release valve in the oil pump is stuck. So when the weather gets cold, even using my winter 5w-30, the oil pressure shoots up to 80 psi at 2000 rpm's. I'm replacing the oil pump, obviously putting new gaskets on the pan, and possibly replacing the rear main seal that is starting to leak. Depends if I can get to the rear main with the inspection cover still on. It doesn't leak bad enough to even drip on the ground and it's been that way for a while. Not worried about it just thought I'd replace it while I'm there. Just worried about getting the pump replaced before winter.