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Unread 06-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #16
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make sure the gasket surface on the pan is flat. Take a close look around the bolt holes in case the bolts were over-tightened and dished the flange on the pan. Other defects are usually from prying on the pan. If your pan is in too bad of shape a new quality pan (Spectra) runs about $130 from NAPA

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Unread 06-23-2013, 06:06 PM   #17
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I did not need to remove the engine mount, I used a tiny wrench that I bent and grinded smaller. But I had the same problem as the OP. The pan would not drop straight down. It seemed to be sandwiched between the front axle, and the oil pump. I used by hi-lift jack to lift the bumper a couple inches, and then the pan slid right out.
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