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I need to replace a dented pan, it leaks very bad. Do I have to remove the crossover pipe?

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Unfortunately, Yes.

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Hello vocalviixen,

The pipe that you referred to is the exhaust crossover pipe. Below I've included removal and installation instructions.

Also, the procedure for bleeding the coolant system is critical; if you need those instructions please post the question.

REMOVAL PROCEDURE
1. Disconnect the battery ground (negative) cable.
2. Remove the throttle body air inlet duct.
3. Drain the coolant from the cooling system.
4. Remove the inlet radiator hose from the engine.
5. Remove the thermostat bypass pipe.
6. Remove the exhaust crossover heat shield bolts.
7. Remove the exhaust crossover heat shield.
8. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe studs/nuts.
9. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe.
INSTALLATION PROCEDURE
1. Install the exhaust crossover pipe.
2. Install the exhaust crossover pipe studs/nuts.
3. Tighten the exhaust crossover pipe studs/nuts to 18 lb ft.
4. Install the exhaust crossover heat shield.
5. Install the exhaust crossover heat shield bolts.
6. Tighten the exhaust crossover heat shield bolts to 89 lb in.
7. Install the thermostat bypass pipe.
8. Install the inlet radiator hose to the engine.
9. Fill the cooling system with engine coolant.
10. Install the throttle body air inlet duct.
11. Connect the battery ground (negative) cable.


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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Drain the crankcase.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cable
    • Oil level indicator harness connector, if equipped
    • Exhaust Y-pipe, if needed
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  4. Thoroughly clean the inside of the oil pan and the cylinder block contact surface. If the oil pan gasket is being reused, be careful not to damage it. Do not expose the gasket to cleaning solvents.
  5. If a new gasket is being installed, start the gasket into the oil pan groove and work the gasket into the groove in both directions. Once the gasket is exposed to oil, it will expand and no longer stay in the groove without wrinkles. If this condition exists, replace the gasket.
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  2. Remove air cleaner.
  3. Remove upper fail shroud (V8)
  4. Raise vehicle and drain oil pan.
  5. Disconnect A.I.R. hose at converter pipe (V8)
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  14. Remove oil pan.
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  2. Check oil pan gasket for damage; replace if necessary.
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NOTICE: Only a small amount of sealant is required. Excessive amounts of sealant may cause a problem with proper sealing of oil pan.


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  1. Remove the exhaust manifold. If equipped with an automatic transmission.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
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  1. Install or connect the following:
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  1. Drain the cooling system.
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  4. Disconnect the surge tank line fitting from the coolant outlet.
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  1. Disconnect the battery ground (negative) cable.
  2. Remove the throttle body air inlet duct.
  3. Drain the coolant from the cooling system.
  4. Remove the inlet radiator hose from the engine.
  5. Remove the thermostat bypass pipe.
  6. Remove the exhaust crossover heat shield bolts.
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  1. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe studs/nuts.
  2. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe.
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