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Old 02-04-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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Oil Pan Replacement

So I just bought a 2003 TJ and I'm very excited to be back behind the wheel of a Jeep. I had to part with my 2001 TJ a few years ago after one too many close calls towing my boat. So this new TJ has a major dent in the bottom of the oil pan...enough to make me question the condition of the oil pump intake (pressure looks fine though). So my first order of business is to replace the pan. Everything I've read so far indicates that I need to unbolt the engine and tranny and then lift the engine high enough to unbolt the pan and clear the pump pick-up. Has anyone have any advice on this? Would it be any easier to drop the front axle assembly instead? If I were to install a 4 inch lift, would the suspension be lowered sufficiently to change the pan at that time? I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has done this procedure. Thx.

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Not sure on the 03 but the 98 we did we just unbolted the ban, unbolted the t-case skid and used jacks to support the t-case of course and took the pan off.. I want to say there is something else on the newer ones with the exhaust but I can't recall.
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