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Unhappy Need Help to Change Oil Pan Gasket on 1994 Mustang GT 5.0

I need to change the gasket from my oil pan because half of it is hanging out the sideof the block But I have been told that the only way to do that is to pull out the entire block is there any other way to replace the gasket without having to park my car for a while?
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Unbolt the trans mount.
UNbolt the exhaust from the manifolds/headers.
Unbolt the motor mounts.
Remove the strut tower brace, if installed.
remove the fan shroud bolts.
*SLOWLY* jack the engine up - watching everything. You might need to pull radiator hoses.

Once you have the engine as high as possible block it in place. I put 2x4s between the block and motor mounts. I also had an engine hoist which makes things a lot easier.

Once you have it as high as possible you should be able to get enough clearance to take all the bolts out of the pan and let it down 3-4 inches. On fox bodies it helps to drop the steering rack - I dont remember on the 94/95. You will probably not be able to remove the pan.

Remove all the gasket, using an inspection mirror to make 100% sure you get the surfaces clean. You DONT want to do this twice.

Install a new ONE PIECE gasket, then put it all back together.

See, now wasnt that easy? (not)

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I did a 95 5.0 a couple months back at work , pays about 7-8 hours if I remember right and was a complete PITA, evan at work. Blade pretty much covered it though, but I didnt touch the fan shroud.

Make sure your schedule is clear and you have no plans for the weekend.

Definatly use a quality 1 peice gasket, The one on my car is from ford. dont skimp here and use a cheap one, you'll pay for it later. Good luck!
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You can do this without taking all this stuff apart, lift the motor up a little and snake the new one around the pick up tube and bolt it back up.
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Default Re: Need Help to Change Oil Pan Gasket on 1994 Mustang GT 5.0

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You can do this without taking all this stuff apart, lift the motor up a little and snake the new one around the pick up tube and bolt it back up.
Realistically, that few minutes to remove "all that stuff" will save you a LOT of grief in the long run. The things I suggest take what, all of 10 extra minutes to remove?

You dont need to remove the fan shroud if you have electric fan.

Exhaust is a maybe, but most of the time it will give you another inch or so.


Am I saying you cant do it without removing all that stuff?? No, but I probably would question the completeness of the job.

For starters, the extra room will allow you to work so much faster it will often more than make up for the time lost dorking around to get the gasket around the pickup. Unless you get super lucky on cleaning the old gasket material, you need the room to clean the pan and the mating surface of the engine block properly. You also need the room in order to clean and inspect the inside of the pan to make sure you didnt drop any pieces of gasket or dirt into the pan. (I clean inside the pan no matter what.)

While I am in there, I also like to check things out - make sure nothing is excessively worn, remove any build up/other trash, look for any broken or visibly damaged parts, etc. (I once found a chunk of piston skirt in the bottom of the pan on a motor that seemed to run perfect other than the pan leaking!) And if its a high mileage motor, I might as well toss a new oil pump into it since I am right there and its so cheap and easy (just 4 little bolts - 5 if we toss in a new oil pickup while at it.)

Does one have to do that? No, I suppose not. But those are things you probably should do, and which you are never going to pull off unless you drop the pan enough.

Personally, Im not risking a motor, damage to components, nor the need to do the job again (think: leaking pan because you couldnt see a piece of leftover gasket) just because of a few extra bolts - almost all of which are very easy to get to and remove.

Of course, I do recognize that not everyone desires to do as complete of a job...

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