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post #1 of 6 Old 11-16-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Changing oil pan gasket - is it a 1-man parking-lot job?

I've got moderate wrenching experience - I've got as far as head gasket replacement on a 4.0L and lower control arms and ball joints on my KJ - so how feasible is it to attempt replacing the oil pan gasket on my KJ, working by myself in the parking lot of my apartment building? Is it enough of a PITA that I will just end up wishing I'd paid for a shop to do it up on their hoist?

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-16-2013, 07:06 PM
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You either have to pull the engine or drop the cradle(and whole front suspension),and support the engine from above,to gain enough room to replace the pan gasket on a KJ with a 3.7.

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Here's a pic to show what tjkj2002 is talking about. This is from my engine swap back in February (put an '07 from a Dodge Dakota in my '03 Libby. A cam sprocket, crank reluctor ring and EGR blocking plate were needed to make it work):

The oil pan gasket doubles as the windage tray - and the tray is under the oil pickup tube which is bolted to one of the main bearing caps. And the oil pickup itself is bolted to the oil pump as you can see on the right edge of the block.

Without lifting the engine out the gasket will just have to keep dripping I guess...


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I'd forgotten about the need to support the engine from above... definitely easier and cheaper just to keep checking the oil level and dumping some more in as necessary It's not puddling under the engine, but the pan is constantly soaked in oil. Although I'm kind of OCD about oil leaks, the work involved in this is just too much right now.
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Here is a band aid fix that I saw a mechanic do to help the person get by till they could get it fixed. He cleaned the oil pan and the area where it attached as best he could and applied sealant. It might help for awhile.
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John is right
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