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How do you install an oil pan and gasket in a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?


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2010-01-07 16:00:55
2010-01-07 16:00:55

Most vehicles will require that you lift the engine to remove/replace the oil pan. You can usually get enough distance if you just disconnect the motor mounts and lift the engine 6 or 8 inches. You probably won't need to disconnect the transmission, electrical or any of the hoses if you do it that way. Otherwise you'll need to completely remove the engine and that is a bit of trouble.
Not sure about all years, but I have a '97 that I am, in fact, currently working on. You have to drop the exhaust (4 bolts holding a Y-shaped pipe to the manifold). The front two bolts are difficult, but you can get a wrench on them. The back two, however, I have yet to get a wrench on them. Sizes are weird, too. For instance, the front seems to be 23/32 and the rear a 19/32. But I'm not sure -- I'm going to a tool shop now and taking some bolts with me to see if I can match it up. I can tell you the rear bolts will have to be removed with a wobble socket, because there's no way to put a socket straight on them, and there's such limited movement around the nuts that I doubt Hercules could losen them because it would have to be done with the wrist alone. When you get the oil pan off, I do know the gasket must be siliconed in at four locations. Anyway, I would suggest purchasing a good manual on your year of Taurus. And if you decide to do it, be ready to mutter obscenities and get very grimey.

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