Thought I'd post this info as I'd done a lot of reading about removing the oil pan with the engine in place but did not see this (time and frustration saver) anywhere. Note this is the 4.0 straight six
The Haynes manual says to remove the engine mount bolts and lift the engine slightly, others have talked about getting the front axle in just the right position. All talk about getting enough clearance to rotate the pan clear of the oil pick up.
On Saturday I was at the stage of removing the engine mount bolts when I realized I could simple undo the oil pump bolts and remove the pump and pick up with the pan sitting on the axle. Once the pump is out, the pan come out straight and down rearward.
I had already removed the exhaust, but I don't think I needed to.
Reassembly was the reverse, test fit the pump to ensure the shaft is in the right position, put the pan on the axles more or less aligned with the block, then install the pump/pickup, then finish installing the pan.
anyway I'm sure I'm not the first or only one to do this, I just hadn't seen it written anywhere.
Last edited by mcfadds; 04-30-2013 at 08:21 AM..
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