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Old 02-22-2011, 01:11 PM
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Default Oil pan gasket

I am trying to decided if I am daring enough to try to do this job myself. The local ford dealer is telling me the reason there is oil leaking out of it is the oil pan gasket has dry rotted. The special "friend" price for the gasket, drain plug (don't know why), and fresh oil and filter is $375. I already have a purolator filter and some Castrol GTX, and I can get a gasket at the local parts store for $18.99. The only thing is that I have never done anything quite like this before. Think I should give it a shot?
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:20 PM
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Default Re: Oil pan gasket

if u can get to ur pan easy to take it off sure i say go for it. just unbolt the pan drop it. scrap all the old gasket off the motor and pan and just put it all back together.

altho on ur new of a truck i dont really see how its dry rotted out unless it sat with no oil in it for a longgggg time
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:33 PM
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Default Re: Oil pan gasket

I would do it my self. 375 is a lot of money. so unless you just have that laying around.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:10 PM
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I have faith in you!

REMOVAL
1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
2. Remove oil level dipstick.
3. Remove fan shroud (leave over fan).
4. Remove motor mount nuts from frame.
5. Raise vehicle.
6. Remove low-oil level sensor, remove retainer clip at sensor. Remove electrical connector from sensor.
7. Drain crankcase.
8. Remove starter motor.
9. Remove transmission inspection cover.
10. Remove right-hand axle beam. CAUTION: The brake caliper must be removed and wired out of the way.
11. Remove oil pan bolts.
12. Using a suitable lifting device, raise the engine approximately two inches.
13. Remove oil pan from the engine. NOTE: Oil pan fits tightly between the transmission spacer plate and oil pump pickup tube. Use care when removing to avoid damaging the oil pump pickup tube.
14. Remove oil pan gasket and discard.

INSTALLATION
1. Clean the gasket surfaces on the cylinder block and oil pan.
2. Apply a 4.0-6.0 mm (1/5 inch) bead of Silicone Sealer the junction of the rear main bearing cap and cylinder block and junction of the front cover assembly and cylinder block. NOTE: When using silicone rubber sealer, assembly should occur within 15 minutes after sealer application. After this time, the sealer may start to set-up, and its sealing effectiveness may be reduced.



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oops, the above post is if you have i-beams.
Still similar though.
you can do it
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:14 PM
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Default Re: Oil pan gasket

Thats what they said the problem was. I took it in doing the same thing in November and they pretty much told me I was crazy and it was just residual oil from the oil change the day before. And no I don't have 375 just laying around.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:28 PM
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its not as easy as dropping the pan, as the pan will hit the K member, not allowing full removal, and you have to get the new gasket down inside the pan and pass the oil sump, it can be done but will not be easy.. good luck
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:30 PM
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can u post pictures of the leak and where its coming from. cause i just find it hard to believe the gasket dry rotted so soon. i work on vehicles that are from the 80's and left outside and have not been run oin well over 10 yrs and the gaskets are fine.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:54 PM
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Back in November when it happened the first time me and one other person decided it was the oil filter not being tightened enough, as you could see that the engin was wet underneath it. The ford dealer has denined that being the case twice now though. The first time they where telling me nothing was wrong and now they say its the gasket. But the whole back side of the oil pan was wet, even ABOVE the drain plug. And it had blown back on the transminsion and cat.


And it had never ever done it before until I decided I would let them change the oil the last time.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:18 PM
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Well I am completly shocked. I reach down in the engine and turned the oil filter about half an inch in a circle with just my hand. Those dumb bastards where taking me on a $375 ride.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:47 PM
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Well I am completly shocked. I reach down in the engine and turned the oil filter about half an inch in a circle with just my hand. Those dumb bastards where taking me on a $375 ride.
I have read that some ford engines have bad grinding marks on flat mounting surface where oil filter meets the block.. inspect the next time you change the oil..
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:01 PM
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ur not supposed to turn the oil filter super tight that ruins the seal and causes a leak!!!!!!!

ur supposed to turn until contact then about 1/4 turn to 3/4 turn depending
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:05 PM
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I have read that some ford engines have bad grinding marks on flat mounting surface where oil filter meets the block.. inspect the next time you change the oil..
I've heard this too. But, you don't know how hard this is to do on a 3.0.lol. I had to try 6 different angles just to see the oil filter mounting surface when I first changed the oil. The most direct way is to inspect it through the side of the wheel well.

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:04 AM
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Your not supposed to turn the oil filter super tight that ruins the seal and causes a leak!!!!!!!

Your supposed to turn until contact then about 1/4 turn to 3/4 turn depending
I've always been taught that with oil filters, you should hand turn them until they are snug, but not to use any tools designed to crank them on there for fear of over torquing it. If you (to Cdy291) could turn the filter half an inch with your hands alone, thats poor workmanship on Ford's part.

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:29 PM
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Default Re: Oil pan gasket

Crap..I cannot believe changing the oil pan is this big of a job. I just found out mine is leaking.. Rusting out. Gotten worse over the last few days.

Mine is a 1995 2WD 3.0L Auto. Anyone have any advice or want to say any prayers for me before I start? lol

This sucks too, because I just did the heads on the truck and a ton of other work.. I should have just pulled the motor at the time..

Looking at the pan from under the truck, I was thinking there'd be enough clearance and it'd be an easy job.. So this is a bit of a surprise to me.

Oh well..
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