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Old 02-12-2009, 09:03 AM
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Dip Stick tube removal

I need to remove the oil pan and the instructions say to unbolt the dip stick tube bracket and pull it out. It won't budge. Any sugestions? Also, when I repalce the oil pan should I use Ford RTV sealnant or is over the counter good enough? Permatex? Any Help would appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:21 AM
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Only use the FORD sealant and once you unbolt the 13mm nut from the valve cover stud it WILL pull straight out.

You've already pulled the motor right???
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:25 AM
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No I haven't pulled the engine. I don't see any reason to do so other than my aching neck lol. It's an E550 box truck. I removed the frame cross piece and the oil pan just drops straight down. Lots of room lots of clearance.

Now, about the dip stick tube. It sure doesn't just pull staight out like it's supposed to. One guy at the top pulling and one guy underneath gently working it back and forth with a pair of channel locks. And the dang thing still won't budge. We can rotate it back and forth in the elbow where it enters the oil pan but it still won't pull out. Just thought maybe I was missing something.

Just an aside...this doesn't suprise me cause everything I've tried to remove so far has been one sob to deal with. I've had some bolts torqued so tight I thought there were going to snap off. That's what started this in the first place. A rounded off bolt head. A job that should take two hours tops has turned into two days.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:28 AM
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its just stuck, should pull out , o-ring is hung , may have to buy a new stick, ive destroyed them before trying to get them out, i like your crossmember idea , on a van you can get away with that , do make sure you get the correct sealant from ford on the oil pan or you will be doing it again, it comes in a caulking tube , the kind in the squeeze tubes will not last
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:39 AM
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Mine was stuck in my 96 f250. I worked it around alittle, and it finally gave up.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:45 AM
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It's an E550 box truck. I removed the frame cross piece and the oil pan just drops straight down. Lots of room lots of clearance.

You didn't say that in your first post

LOL
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:01 AM
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Sorry Maintain...thought you could read my mind Thanks guys, I'll keep at it cause I certainly don't want to cut it of and by a new one.
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