1995 Ford F150 Change an Oil Pan

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The oil pan in a 1995 Ford F150 is easy access and should only take half an hour to change out. Always treat this task like you would an oil change, which means changing out the filter and the oil when you add the new pan. This will prevent getting debris from the old oil back into the motor, and will add more miles to your motor.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
Drain pan
Crescent wrench
New oil filter
Oil filter wrench
Socket wrench
Socket set
Razor knife
Putty knife
New oil pan
Oil pan gasket
6 qt. of oil
Clean towel

[edit] Change an Oil Pan

Draining the Oil

  • Locate the oil pan directly underneath the engine. The oil pan will be held on to the bottom of the motor by 16 to 18 bolts. The drain plug is at the bottom of the pan.
  • Loosen the drain plug with a crescent wrench. Allow all the oil to drain in to the pan. Tighten the drain plug when the oil is through draining.
  • Unscrew the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Place the oil filter with the waste oil.
  • Rub new motor oil around the gasket of the new oil filter. Pour 1 qt. of oil in to the filter.
  • Screw the filter to the filter housing with your hands. Do not wrench-tighten as this will strip the threads and make removal of the filter difficult.

Replacing the Oil Pan

  • Locate all the bolts holding the oil pan in place. There will be 16 to 18 bolts.
  • Unscrew all the bolts with a socket wrench. Lower the pan to the ground. If the pan is stubborn, tap it with a rubber mallet to loosen the seal from the gasket.
  • Scrape clean all the gasket material around the bottom surface of the motor. This will ensure a tight seal with the new oil pan.
  • Place the new gasket around the new oil pan. Raise the oil pan to the motor and screw in all the bolts. Do not tighten the bolts until all are threaded to the bottom of the motor.
  • Tighten the bolts with a socket wrench. Ensure that all the bolts are tight.

Adding the New Motor Oil

  • Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Unscrew the oil filler cap on top of the crankcase. Pull the engine oil dipstick from the tube. Wipe the dipstick clean with a fresh towel.
  • Pour in 5 qt. of oil in to the engine crank case. Insert the dipstick back in to the tube and pull it back out. Check the oil level against the markings on the dipstick. Fill at 1/2 qt. intervals until the dipstick indicates "Full."
  • Start the truck and allow it to run for five minutes. Allow the truck to sit for an additional five minutes to allow the oil to drain back to the oil pan.
  • Check the oil level again. Fill if necessary, but do not overfill.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure that the automotive parts store sells you a new gasket with the oil pan.
  • Use caution when working under the truck. Set the parking brake and park the truck on a flat, level surface.
  • Contact your automotive parts store or local recycling center about disposal of the waste oil and oil filter.
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