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How do I drop the **** oil pan???


 
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turd
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: How do I drop the **** oil pan??? Reply with quote

Hey guys!

New to the board but I have been lurking a while.

Listen, I got this 96 cherokee a few weeks ago. Her oil pressure was a little low and i decided I would change the pump. Now I don't have a fancy garage. I'm right out in the apartment parking lot. All 98 degrees of it.

So I set out to pull the oil pan and man alive is it a beast. The front axle is right in the middle of all the action. I jack her up a little this way and a little that way and after a good long session of beatin' and pryin' I get the oil pan out and change the pump.

Now I have to get the oil pan back on!!! Checked the fit and it seems even worse going in than it was coming out.

Has anybody got an easy way to work with the oil pan on XJ's?

Thanks,
I'm looking foreward to some good replies.

later
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dad has a 94 and the drain bolt got stripped from somebody cross threading it after an oil change. he took it to the shop to get fixed and they had to pull the engine out to get the oil pan off. I personally have never had to do it, so i don't know how to get it back. Good luck
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never done it, but you could rent an engine hoist, pull the motor mounts and jack the engine up a little to give you some more room.

Just an idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an 88 cherokee. When I have oil pan issues the best way to remove it is to lift the vehicle and support it. Disconnect the front shocks and lower the front suspension till the tires are on the ground. This gives plenty of room to remove the oil pan because the front axle is now out of the way. I am not sure of your vehicle but you may give this a try. Razz
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turd
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I'm late in getting back but I did finally get the oil pan back on.

What I did was I took the pan to my buddy's shop where he has one of those large metal welding tables. This table is solid steel and has a very flat top. I clamped the gasket surface of the pan to the table to keep the pan from warping and then very gently, very cautiously....

Beat a dent in the thing with a big hammer. Just enough to clear. Beat a little, test fit, beat a little, test fit and so on. I put the dent in where the axle meets the pan so when I mocked it up I had to bend the oil pickup a little to get it all to fit nicely. Also welded in some of the places where the metal was a little kinked but that was just for good measure.

All works just fine. drove it a lot this weekend and had no problems. Still I wish I had seen the post about disconnecting the shocks. That probably lwould have worked pretty well.

Anyway, thanks for the replies everybody.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:24 pm    Post subject: Oil pan Reply with quote

Ok, I guess that way will work also.
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