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Old 12-01-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Have a oil pan gasket leak and need to change the gasket looks difficult there's a cross member in the way, a lot of people say to lift engine is there another way HELP!!!

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Old 12-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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That is the only way I know it can be done.

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Old 12-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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So what do I need to so??
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #4
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How should I do this?? Need help
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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The safest way is to pick the engine up and hold it with an engine hoist. The engine may have some lifting points at the front and rear of the intake or heads. You may need to remove the intake plenum on the top of the intake manifold. If you don't have lifting points, use a short section of chain. Assuming you have a V8, bolt it securely to the front of one head and rear of the other, then connect the hoist to that.

Disconnect the engine mounts , remove the fan shroud and carefully lift the engine. Watch for binding as you lift, especially at the rear where you will lift the engine up to contact the firewall. When you have reached the maximum lift without binding you must stop. If you can remove something to gain a bit more clearance that also may be necessary.

Even after lifting, the clearance may be very tight. Often after dropping the pan you may need to reach inside the pan and disconnect the oil pump pickup in order to get the pan out.

I caution against trying to do this without a hoist, using a jack and blocking can work, but if the engine slips you could become pinched and trapped resulting in serious injury. I like to use a hoist but also place blocks between the engine mounts and frame for extra safety when possible.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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Sounds like a job for a mechanic. Back in 2000 we paid 1200 for a mechanic to do that. I worked at Walmart in the tire and Lube. Needless to say paid it more than once
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All this work for a leaking gasket, unreal...
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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Thank you guys greatly appreciate this, never lifted a motor before do you have a video?
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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Good luck

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Btw, one can safely raise engine with jackstand and main pully as attachment point. Just make sure jack is dead center on pulley and use solid board as interface.
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All this work for a leaking gasket, unreal...
Ayuh,.... The Odds are, once ya pull the motor, 'n get the oil pan off, you'll find it's rusted through, 'n it's not the gasket at all....

Fords are notorious for Rotten oil pans,...
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Okay noticed something feel like a dumb ass, my truck has a 6" lift on it think I can clear it???
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #13
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Even with your 6" lift, I think the cross member will still be in the way. Usually it is part of the frame. Good Luck
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Can I take the cross frame out?
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The engine sits in the frame the same way with or without a lift so you will still have to raise the engine to clear the cross member. The entire front section of the frame is welded, so no removing it.

The extra lift might make it tougher to reach over the radiator support with an engine hoist, although probably still possible.

You could remove the front wheels, lower it down and set it on jack stands or simply air the tires down to drop it lower.

Is it all suspension lift or does it have a body lift on it? If it has a couple inches of body lift you will likely have significantly more clearance to lift the engine.

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