Raise the hood and leave it open for the duration of this repair.
Drain the engine oil.
Raise the front end of the truck and support it on jackstands.
Remove the steering relay rod and the tie rods from the idler arm, pitman arm, and steering knuckles as outlined in.
Remove the engine stiffening plates.
Remove the splash pans from under the engine.
Position a floor jack under the transmission and raise the engine/transmission assembly slightly. Remove the front motor mount attaching bolts.
Remove the front motor mount attaching bolts.
Remove the oil pan bolts and remove the oil pan.
Use a razor blade and scrape the cylinder block and oil pan mating surfaces clean of any old sealing material. Apply gasket sealer to the oil pan when installing a new gasket. On 1985-88 models with a four cylinder engine, apply 5mm bead of gasket sealer; on models with the six cylinder engine, use 3mm bead. The parts should be installed within 5 minutes of applying the sealer.
The oil pan bolts should be tightened to 3-5 ft. Lbs.-8R-C and 18R-C engines; 33-70 inch lbs.-20R engines; 9 ft. Lbs.-22R, 22R-E and 22R-TE engines; 6 ft. Lbs. (Bolt), 13 ft. Lbs. (Nut)-1L, 2L, 2L-T; and, 52 inch lbs.-3V-ZE engines. Tighten the bolts in a circular pattern, starting in the middle of the pan and working out towards the ends.
Lower the engine and tighten the motor mount bolts. Install the splash shields and stiffening plates.
Install any steering arms removed in Step 4 and then lower the truck; tighten all suspension components and the motor mounts to their final torque with the vehicle resting on the ground.
Fill the engine with oil, road test the truck and check for leaks.
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 AT 7:21 PM