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Low oil pressure - oil pump

1985 Ford Thunderbird 5.0(L)/302 - base model (not Elan or Fila). Can I replace the oil pump with the engine in vehicle? NOTE: Oil pan has front and rear sump. I have all tools needed to do repair. Also - what is the accepted oil pressure of this engine?

Thank you for your help.

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  • jrestivo Jan 28, 2009

    Thank you ccn7 - really appreciate the info - I thought I would have to
    pull the engine because of the dual sump. It's been a long time since I've had to do major engine work. Once again - thank you.


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Well its been a while sense i have done one of thies, but i believe you have to unbolt both motor mounts and jack engine up as far as you can to get the pan off. if you can't get the pan off after you got engine jacked up as far as you can, you will have to unbolt front pump and take them both out at one time. and samething when you put it back together.if anything the picup tube is what will give you trouble, thats why you have to unbolt the pump.

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  • ccn7 Jan 28, 2009

    also i forgot to mention as long as you got the pan off it might be a good idea to pull 1 or 2 rod caps and main caps and take a look at them, they have ben known to wear down to the copper color if oil pump went out or very low oil pressure for awhile. also like i said its been a while sense i did one. if you run into a problem, give me a holler and i'll get back to you as quick as i can.

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