I replaced the oil pump on a Volvo 240. The oil pump is down in the oil pan underneath the engine. I followed the Haynes manual which said to prime the pump with Vaseline.
I put everything back together and turned the oil pump manually with a drill using the auxiliary drive which powers the oil pump and the distributor (while the timing belt was off). It was hard to turn at first as the Vaseline was used up.
I'm afraid the Vaseline has now clogged the line that goes from the oil pump to the oil filter in the engine. I verified that no oil was flowing by removing the oil filter and nothing came out when I turned the auxiliary drive.
I tried turning the oil pump with twice the amount of oil recommended in the engine just to see if that would be enough to build up pressure.
I also tried warming the oil to see if that would help melt the Vaseline.
What can I do to get the oil pump to work? I would remove the oil pan again only if I can't get anything else to work.