Mechanics

FORD TAURUS OIL PAN PROBLEM

1997 Ford Taurus • 213,000 miles

How do you remove the oil pan from a 97 ford taurus lx 3.0 DOHC 24 valve Duratec engine yourself with out taking it to a mechanic? My MIL said the oil light came on so she added 4 quarts of oil. There were a total of 7 in it after she was done. Overfilled it. She drove it for an hour before it turned itself off. Once cranked back up it made a clacking or rattle sound (best way to describe it). It still cranks but sounds terrible. So we drained it and gave it a new oil change. Still sounded the same. Thinking it is the oil pump so want to replace it. Could it be the oil pump or something else? How would we drop the oil pan and change the pump?
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Richard1965
November 24, 2012.




REMOVAL

Raise and support vehicle.
Remove dual converter Y pipe.
Remove oil pan drain plug and drain engine oil from engine.
Reinstall oil pan drain plug with new gasket and tighten to 22-30 Nm (16-22 ft. Lbs.).

Remove oil pan retaining bolts from transaxle housing.
Remove the access plug from engine rear plate.
Remove transaxle support bracket from oil pan and transaxle.
Remove oil pan retaining bolts and stud bolts from lower cylinder block following removal sequence as shown.
Remove oil pan and oil pan gasket. Discard oil pan gasket.

Remove oil pump screen cover and tube retaining nut from lower cylinder block retaining stud bolt.
Remove oil pump screen cover and tube retaining bolts from oil pump.
Remove oil pump screen cover and tube from engine.

INSTALLATION

Inspect oil pump screen cover and tube O-ring for damage and wear. Replace O-ring as necessary.
Install oil pump screen cover and tube and O-ring to oil pump. Tighten oil pump screen cover and tube retaining bolts to 20-30 Nm (15-22 ft. Lbs.).
Install new self-locking oil pump screen cover and tube support nut to lower cylinder block stud. Tighten nut to 8-12 Nm (71-106 inch lbs.).

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Clean oil pan with suitable soap and water solution. Dry completely with compressed air. Inspect oil pan for damage. Replace oil pan as necessary.
Clean oil pan to lower cylinder block sealing surfaces on oil pan and lower cylinder block with shop towel and Metal Surface Cleaner F4AZ-19A536-RA or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSE-M5B392-A to remove all residues that may interfere with the sealers ability to adhere.

Fig. 33 Oil pan installation

Install a new oil pan gasket, and apply an 8 mm (0.31 inch) diameter bead of Black Silicone Sealer F4AZ-19562-B or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSE-M4G323-A1 on oil pan gasket as shown in the illustration.
Install oil pan and oil pan retaining bolts and studs to lower cylinder block in locations shown.
Tighten bolts and nuts in three steps: Step 1: Push the oil pan against the transaxle case and tighten oil pan to transaxle bolts finger tight.

Step 2: Tighten oil pan retaining bolts and studs in sequence shown to 20-30 Nm (15-22 ft. Lbs.).
Step 3: Tighten oil pan to transaxle bolts to 34-46 Nm (25-33 ft. Lbs.).

Install the transaxle support bracket to the oil pan retaining stud bolts and transaxle. Tighten retaining nuts to 8-12 Nm (71-106 inch lbs.). Tighten retaining bolts to 20-30 Nm (15-22 ft. Lbs.).
Install access plug onto engine rear plate.
Install dual converter Y pipe.
Replace oil bypass filter.
Lower vehicle.
Fill crankcase to proper level with engine oil meeting Ford specification ESE-M2C153-E.
Run engine and check for leaks.

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ASEMaster6371
Nov 24, 2012.
The way I described it, does it sound like the oil pump to you? I know you can't tell with out seeing or hearing it but just the description of it.

Tiny
Richard1965
Nov 24, 2012.
What code? There is no code for oil light.

You need to do a manual oil pressure test first to see the oil pressure.

Why did she add 4 quarts? Did she not check the stick?

With that much overfill, the crank will airate the oil and could cause air pockets and the oil pressure will go nuts and could starve the bearings of the needed oil.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Nov 24, 2012.
There was no code for the oil light. The red oil light just came on. I will check the oil pressure. She added 4 quarts because the oil light came on inside the car when she was driving. She knows nothing at all about cars and no she did not check the oil stick. Just added 4 extra quarts. Thanks

Tiny
Richard1965
Nov 25, 2012.
Check the pressure but the pump may or may not have been the original issue but now there is more issues.

Start there.

Roy
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ASEMaster6371
Nov 25, 2012.

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