Toyota Cressida/Corona/Crown/MarkII 1970-1982 Repair Guide

Oil Pan



It may be easier to remove the engine, on some models (Crown 2300 and 2600), in order to remove the oil pan. However, with a little patience it is possible to remove the pan with the engine installed in the car.

  1. Open the hood. Drain the coolant from the radiator and disconnect the upper and lower hoses from the radiator connections. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

When draining engine coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.

  1. Loosen the front wheel lugs slightly. Raise the front of the car and support with jackstands. Remove the front wheels.

Be sure the car is supported securely. Remember, you will be working underneath it.

  1. Drain the engine oil.
  3. Detach the steering relay rod and the tie rod ends from the idler arm, pitman arm and the steering knuckles. (Refer to ).
  5. Remove the splash shields. Remove the engine stiffening plates (supports between the engine and transmission-if equipped).
  7. Support the front of the engine with a jack and remove the front motor mount bolts.
  9. Raise the engine and place blocks between the mount and the frame. Lower the engine on the blocks, make sure it is supported securely.
  11. Check the clearance between the oil pan and the crossmember. It may be necessary to raise the rear of the engine as well.
  13. To raise the rear of the engine, place a jack under the bell housing (between the engine and transmission) remove the rear motor mount bolts and raise the rear of the engine. Place blocks between the rear mounts and the crossmember. Slowly lower the engine onto the blocks. Make sure it is secure.
  15. Remove the oil pan mounting bolts and remove the oil pan.

If you still do not have enough room to remove the oil pan it may be necessary to place thicker blocks under the front or rear of the engine. Do so carefully.

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Apply liquid sealer to the corners of the oil pan and install a new pan gasket.