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Old 04-24-2013, 02:40 PM
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01 7.3L oil pan leak

i have pin hole leaks in my oil pan. i heard you have to lift the motor to change the oil pan. is this true?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:51 PM
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For a couple of reasons...

First, the pan won't clear the crossmember and come out in place.

Second, is that the gasket material (in a tube) that you should use is supposed to be put on without the possibility of oil running-down the inside of the block and contaminating the material.

For these reasons, Ford recommends the motor come completely out and be inverted on a stand to do a proper job.

People have done all sorts of things to avoid this, hacking the frame members and rewelding , taking a chance and lift/tilt enough to get your hand in there to remove the oil pump pick-up (still risking a bad seal though) and even this -> Damian Frattasio - YouTube (not sure how this works but, better than butchering your frame )

It's a common problem with a dire consequence, IMHO, bite the bullet and do it right, it's not a job you want to have to do twice
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