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I need to take off the cross member to get to the oil pan where are all the bolts I need to remove to drop the cross member

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  • muesky Sep 13, 2008

    My seal in the camshaft started leaking so I have been carefully watching the oil level until I could get it in to be fixed. A couple of days ago the seal finally gave up the ghost and started dumping the oil. I had just put oil because the light came on in the car and maybe drove 8 mile when the oil light came on again and started making a ticking noise. The weird thing is it only made the ticking noise when the car was excellerating but while idling or when I started it back up it did not make that sound.

    So I drained the oil because the first thing I was thinking is a bent rod or damage to the lifters and I wanted to see if there may be metal in the oil (a good sign the engine is trashed) No metal, oil looks clean (no burnt oil).

    But I need to get the oil pan off so I can see up into the engine to get a look at the bearings and pistons. The problem is I do not know how to get the oil pan off with the exhust pipe and the engine brace in the way. What would be the best way to get the oil pan off?




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You don't staet what year it is which makes it difficult to give specific instructions as they change from year to year. Here are step by step instructions. Hope this helps:,1752201/initialAction,repairGuide/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c15280047ddf

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SOURCE: Replacing an oil pump and gasket on 1972 DJ5 Jeep

You will have to jack up the engine.
I don't think you have to remove the starter

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