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Old 09-05-2011, 07:47 AM
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'89 town car oil pan

My brother has an 89 town car that needs an oil pan on the 5.0 replaced. has anyone done this without pulling the engine? I have done 1 before, but it was years ago, in a crown vic (same car sorta). just looking for tips to speed it up. Thanks for any tips. Had to pull the engine in the last one.

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if it is the double dip oil pan the motor needs to come out. They are so impossible to work on in the car it isnt funny. Besides that way you can put in a rear main and a trans pump seal to ensure a no problem repair.Just my 2 cents.
Might be a good idea to look at freeze plugs in the hard to get to areas.freeze plugs are pretty cheap, and easy to install with the motor out.
I know it sounds like the repair just snowballed, if it were mine I would cover all the bases if the motor were out.
Check the oil pump screen while its out too.
Last one i did , i tried to do in the car, half way through i wished I had pulled it. Later that day I pulled it after dropping the oil pump and pickup tube working between the pan and the block. What a pain in the *****. I had the thing jacked up to the moon and the back of the pan would only clear the trans (AOD) with brute force , which distorted the pan,that ultimately needed to be hammered back into shape before I could re install it, after I pulled the motor.

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100% agree. We have done a few and it can be done but it is more work than pulling the engine and it is dangerous. Depending on how far you want to go with other stuff,it is not a bad job. It is definitely worth changing the pump and pickup while you are in there. We wont do them anymore unless the engine comes out.
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I figured as much, thanks for the info.
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