Question about 2003 Ford Windstar
What has to be removed to get to pan for removal.
Normally it's about 13 bolts.
Sometimes there will be a plastic cover but that's rare.
Basic tool\wrench set.
Oil catch pan
Close to 5quarts of transmission oil
Steel wool (fine thread)
Jack the front of the vehicle up, place solid blocks under the frame and lower the vehicle. Apply the E-brake.
LEAVE THE JACK UNDER THE FRAME and apply 2 pumps so that you have both blocks under the frame AND a jack holding the vehicle up. (I'm not liable if you get crushed because you didn't follow my instructions).
Remove any shrouds around or on the transmission.
Drain the transmission oil in to the catch pan (should look like the oil drain plug).
While you're down there you should replace the transmission filter as well.
Pull the old pan off and make sure you have a VERY sharp puddy knife with you. Use the puddy knife to get between the transmission pan and the transmission (they usually get stuck together and need pried apart gently).
Once the pan is removed use the puddy knife to scrape away the big chunks of gasket, next use the steel wool untill all you see is metal and NO old gasket material. Apply the new gasket after removing ALL the oil with a rag\towel and tighten the bolts down to spec using a torque wrench (probably 12ftlbs). Tighten like you would a tire, in a cross pattern.
Posted on Feb 15, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
sadly I don't think there is. The oil pan is huge and sections of the frame are in the way of getting it in and out without damaging the pan severly. pulling that massive engine and replacing the pan, then putting the engine back in and reconnecting everything in 14 hours is a good estimate. sorry for the bad news
Posted on Aug 18, 2008
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done this on several i-6 f-150s. slide back or remove transmission, remove motor mount bolts from frame(not motor), jack motor up as far as possible without damaging egr valve or wiper motor when they hit, shim under motor mounts so that when you drop the jack the motor does not come back down any(the motor is well balanced on the mounts, it will not fall out of the truck like a v8 will), then remove the oil pan. you May have to remove the pickup tube(usually not), and you May have to rotate the crankshaft so that the lobes clear the oil pan. this is a common problem with these trucks due to the size of the oil pan(Huge), and the minimum pan to crossmember clearance
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
the easiest way to do this would be to remove alternator and bracket, then the compressor will easily fit thru the top.
Posted on May 07, 2009
my opinion is to do an oil change while you are at it to save some stress. draining the old oil will help from having to hold the pan full of oil and tipping it over, etc. then simply take off the bolts, which should be anywhere from8-12 or so. make sure you clean both sides of the pan. the lip and the side thats on the block. place the new gasket on the pan and put four nuts [corners are best] finger tight. then insert the rest of the bolts and make sure you dont over torque!!!
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
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