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Old 07-26-2011, 07:18   #1 (permalink)
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Am I in over my head with oil pan gasket repair?

Hi to all,

I recently did my tune up, installed a new heater hose assembly and the next thing my 2000 Ford Taurus OHV needs is a new oil pan gasket. I have the Hanes manual and it doesn't seem to hard but easier said than done.

I need this car for work and there's no money for a new one. Is this job very difficult or should I take it to a professional for repair.

I have been quoted a price between $330.00-$450.00

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:06   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Am I in over my head with oil pan gasket repair?

If you have manual , it's up to you whether you feel confident to do the work , not a major job .Biggest problem usually is caused by seized bolts , exhaust seperation so give all a good soaking with penetrating oil prior to starting job . Hope it works out o.k for you if you tackle it .
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Old 07-26-2011, 19:15   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. What the hay I am going to do it. What's the worst that can happen I end up getting it towed to the mechanic and then he has to do it.
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Re: Am I in over my head with oil pan gasket repair?

Hi Schleprock. Like RS said above, soak those exhaust bolts real good as the dual converter Y-pipe will have to come down. Check back in a few minutes, I'll post the step by step for you in case you need it.
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Re: Am I in over my head with oil pan gasket repair?

Removal

Disconnect the battery ground cable.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the dual converter Y-pipe.
Remove the starter motor.



Remove the engine rear plate.

Remove the bolt.



Drain the engine oil.



Remove the oil pan.

Remove the 16 bolts.



Remove the oil pan gasket and clean the oil pan-to-cylinder block sealing surfaces.

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Installation

Apply Weatherstrip Adhesive E8AZ-19552-A or equivalent meeting Ford specification E5B-M2G14-A to the gasket mating surface of the cylinder block assembly.

Apply Weatherstrip Adhesive E8AZ-19552-A or equivalent meeting the Ford specification E5B-M2G14-A to the cylinder block assembly mating surface of the oil pan gasket.



Apply a bead of Silicone Gasket and Sealant in two places where the cylinder block meets the front cover and in two places where the rear main bearing cap meets the cylinder block.

Use Silicone Gasket and Sealant F7AZ-19554-EA or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSE-M4G323-A4.

CAUTION: Correct alignment of the oil pan is critical because the Weatherstrip adhesive will bond the two surfaces together on contact.

Position the oil pan gasket.

Position the Oil pan and install the 16 bolts.

Tighten the bolts in three stages:
Stage 1: Tighten the four corner bolts to 12 Nm (9 ft. lbs.) .
Stage 2: Tighten the remaining bolts from back to front to 12 Nm (9 ft. lbs.) .
Stage 3: Check all bolts for correct tightness.

Install the engine rear plate.

Install the bolt

Install the starter motor.
Install the dual converter Y-pipe.
Lower the vehicle.
Fill the engine with Super Premium SAE 5W-30 Motor Oil XO-5W30-QSP or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSS-M2C153-G.
Connect the battery ground cable.
Note: The cooling fan should cycle at least one time. Start the engine and allow it to reach normal operating temperature.
Stop the engine.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Retighten the oil pan bolts from the back to front to 12 Nm (9 ft. lbs.) .
Inspect the oil pan gasket for correct alignment.
Lower the vehicle.
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jwko you rock thanks alot. By the way thanks for the rockauto discount code. I used it twice this week already.
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Old 07-26-2011, 20:20   #7 (permalink)
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YW
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:00   #8 (permalink)
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Excellent walkthrough with pics / illustrations . Sure you'll manage ok. and save yourself some bucks also .
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