Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Crown Point, In.
I just had my oil pan out to replace the gasket. At the same time, I replaced the motor mounts, harmonic balancer, timing chain, water pump, all hoses, clamps, and thermostat. Getting the pan out is a real pain. I have a Ford shop manual and followed it to the letter. Here is what must come out: Radiator, complete air intake, starter, cat pipe, steering shaft.You must drop the crossmember and let the trans hang down, but support it. I did not remove the driveshaft, but this is a tip, index the front u-joint so it is straight verticle. If you do this, the engine will not shift to one side when you raise it. You must loosen the steering rack, slide it foreward out of the way. The engine must be raised about 8 inches. Drop the pan. You must then remove the oil pump pickup tube from the pump, remove the oilpump and let it drop into the pan. Now and ONLY now is there enough clearance to remove the pan.
You can"t believe how hard it is to put it back on!!! ( I did this with the car on jackstands.) I used a felpro 1 piece steel reinforced gasket. This is a real sturdy piece. About $32.00 from Summit. Felpro says it must go on DRY. You can't even use gasket adhesive to hold it in place.
You must support the pan, allign the oilpump shaft, line up the pump and bolts,without moving its gasket, and start its bolts, all at the same time. you must install the pickup tube and torque all bolts, without moving the oilpan gasket. I fudged a little and used silicone gasket sealer where the flat stops and rounds the crankshaft. the gasket has points that stick up. (Make very sure you remove all old gasket material from the indentations in the engine block in this area, or you will have a leak for sure.) It took me almost an hour, just to get everyting in place and 4 pan bolts started.
Its been about a month now and NO LEAKS.