2000 5.3L Oil Pan Removal

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  1. JPRENDY

    JPRENDY TYF Newbie

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    For the last few years I have had a very small oil leak at the pan where the front cooling lines would enter the pan (driver-side rear of pan) if equiped. I finally decided to pull the pan off and replace the gasket, "o-rings in the pick up tube, and general sludge removal. I have the pan unbolted but cannot for the life of me figure out how to wiggle it free, without having to remove the front 4WD differential housing.

    My questions: Can the pan be removed without removing the front differential housing? If so is there a trick to sliding it free? If not how difficult is it to remove the housing? Never worked on drive shafts or related parts before but I can read, and I'm eager (broke!). Appreciate the help would like to get it on the road for tomorrow, is this to much to ask for?
     
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    Can you follow up on what happened? This is the fourth question unanswered on if removing the front differential is required for clearance of the oil pan. I plan on performing this soon and will post to the forum afterwards with my experience.
     
  3. fiatdale

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    Yes you need to drop it. You won’t get the clearance. Also need to drop the rear crossmember.
     
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    At leastfrom the mounts and drive shaft, unsure if total removal is necessary, but may be a good idea just for room.
     

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