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A 1967 plymouth v.i.p has a cross bar that controls tha steering. how do i unhook tha bars to remove oil pan

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You need a "pickle fork". It can be picked up at any auto parts store. There are 2 sizes and you want the smaller one for this job. Remove the nuts from the inner tie rod ends, idler arm and pitman arm where they connect to the drag link. Then insert the pickle fork between the end and the drag link and give it a whack with a hammer.They should come apart. Be careful not to turn them after it's apart or you will screw up your alignment.
Check first to make sure that is what you need to remove. Generally when you are removing the oil pan from an engine that is still in the car, the problem is the sub frame under the engine. There is not enough clearance for the oil pan to drop down and clear the crank. You may be a lot further ahead to remove the bolts from the motor mounts and lift the engine to give yourself the room you need. Put a block of wood under the oil pan and jack the motor up carefully until it stops moving and wedge something in between the motor mounts and frame. Then you can remove the jack and slide the pan out. If your engine has the distributor on the back, loosen the cap from the distributor, before you lift. This will give you a couple extra inches of clearance and won't break the cap.
Hope this helps.

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Bang them apart with a looks like a fork can quite remember the name of the top of my head but that what you need to seperate good luck

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