Ford- Fairmount/Zephyr 1978-1983 Repair Guide

Oil Pan



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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the oil pan mounting-140 cid (2.3L) engine

The EPA warns that prolonged contact with used engine oil may cause a number of skin disorders, including cancer! You should make every effort to minimize your exposure to used engine oil. Protective gloves should be worn when changing the oil. Wash your hands and any other exposed skin areas as soon as possible after exposure to used engine oil. Soap and water, or waterless hand cleaner should be used.

  1. Remove the oil dipstick. Disconnect the two cooler lines at the radiator, if equipped.
  3. On 4- and 6-cylinder engines remove the two radiator top support bolts.
  5. Remove the fan shroud bolts and position the shroud over the fan.
  7. Raise the car and drain the oil.
  9. Remove the sway bar attaching bolts and allow it to hang down.
  11. Remove the steering gear-to-crossmember attaching bolts and allow the steering gear to rest on the frame away from the pan.
  13. On 4- and 6-cylinder engines, detach the vegative battery cable and remove the starter.
  15. Remove the engine mount bolts.
  17. Raise the engine and place a 1 1 / 4 in. wooden block between the mount and chassis on each side (4- and 6-cylinder engines), or a 2 X 4 in. wood block on each side (8-cylinder engines). Remove the K braces.
  19. On 4- and 6-cylinder engines, place a jack under the transmission and raise it slightly.
  21. Remove the oil pan bolts and lower the pan to the crossmember. Move the transmission cooler lines out of the way, if necessary, and remove the oil pan (rotating the crankshaft for clearance if required).

To install:

  1. Clean the mounting surfaces thoroughly before installation. Coat the block and pan gasket surfaces with sealer. On 4-cylinder engines, the front and rear seal tabs go under the pan (side) gaskets. On all other engines, place the pan gaskets on the block first; then the seal tabs go over the pan gaskets on these engines.
  3. Install the pan mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts from the center outwards on 6- and 8-cylinder engines. Use the torque sequences illustrated. The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.