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Old 06-09-2011, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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help ford guys

I need to replace my oil pan gasket on my 1989 f-150 5.0 302... Just wondering what you guys have found as the best and easiest way to do this without having to pull the whole engine completely out.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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not a ford guy, but generallly if you dont want to pull the engine, you need to see if you can remove the front axle to get clearance from the ground. sometimes there is enough space to drop the pan and finangle it around to replace the gasket without full removing the pan, but that is a last resort style option.
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^ this. I think there is a crossmember in the way IIRC. you'll have to get it down around the oil pump pickup and work it back up onto the pan lip.
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Im not a ford guy either, but I dd one (It was free and I hate it somthin fierce)
I just went out and looked at it and it almost seems like it would be easier to pull the motor instead of opening a can 'o worms with the piece of shit ttb.

Mines a 93' 5.0 though......same pile of shit.

Maybe try a combo of both? raise the motor as much as you can and see what you can do underneath to squeeze it in.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try unbolting the motor mounts and rising the motor up with a jack to gain clearnce.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Try unbolting the motor mounts and rising the motor up with a jack to gain clearnce.
This is how we did them at the dealer. We would push the engine right up to the firewall. Then drop the pan. Then you have to snake your hand in to unbolt the oil pump pickup. Trick is when you put the new gasket on super glue it to the pan in the front and rear where it dips. We used to see many gaskets leaking because these areas had the gasket pushed out (stock rubber gasket). I did enough of them I used to be able to do a gasket change in about an hour.
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I have a 87 with a 351w hanging on the cherry picker in my driveway right now for the same thing. Tried undoing mm but, just couldn't get it high enough. The best part is it's too tall for my picker to completly pull it so, it's just dangling in the engine compartment.
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Its possible to do without removing much but it is a bitch! its a trial and error process.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help everyone. I guess I am just gonna unbolt the motor mounts and try to jack it up as high as I can and then try to squeeze the pan out
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