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2003 Windstar. How to replace oil pan and gasket.

\015 What has to be removed to get to pan for removal.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 21-01-2019

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Normally it's about 13 bolts.
Sometimes there will be a plastic cover but that's rare.

You'll need
Basic tool\\wrench set.
Gloves
Oil catch pan
about 2hrs
Close to 5quarts of transmission oil
Steel wool (fine thread)

Jack the front of the vehicle up, place solid blocks under the frame and lower the vehicle. Apply the E-brake.
LEAVE THE JACK UNDER THE FRAME and apply 2 pumps so that you have both blocks under the frame AND a jack holding the vehicle up. (I'm not liable if you get crushed because you didn't follow my instructions).

Remove any shrouds around or on the transmission.
Drain the transmission oil in to the catch pan (should look like the oil drain plug).
While you're down there you should replace the transmission filter as well.
Pull the old pan off and make sure you have a VERY sharp puddy knife with you. Use the puddy knife to get between the transmission pan and the transmission (they usually get stuck together and need pried apart gently).

Once the pan is removed use the puddy knife to scrape away the big chunks of gasket, next use the steel wool untill all you see is metal and NO old gasket material. Apply the new gasket after removing ALL the oil with a rag\\towel and tighten the bolts down to spec using a torque wrench (probably 12ftlbs). Tighten like you would a tire, in a cross pattern.
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