How to Drop the Oil Pan in Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The oil pan in your Lincoln car is an important part of the wet sump system used to cool your engine while driving. Periodically, you will have to drop the oil pan on a Lincoln car so you can perform the necessary maintenance to prevent sludge from building up and being drawn into the oil pumping system.

Under The Hood:

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Dodge Ram

Run the engine in the Ram for at least 10 minutes to warm it to normal temperature. Turn off the vehicle after placing it on a secure, stable surface. Use a jack and jacks stands to raise the vehicle off the ground; or drive it onto a set of ramps. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer on how to use the jacks, jack stands and ramps.

Open the hood of the vehicle and locate the engine oil cap, located on the right side of the engine, in the center of the vehicle's side. Unscrew the cap and set aside, as this will provide proper ventilation and pressure release when removing the oil from the Ram.

Locate the battery located under the Ram's hood, towards the front of the vehicle. Remove the negative battery cables there by using a wrench to unscrew and disconnect them. Place an oil drip pan underneath the car's oil pan, under the vehicle, towards the center of the engine, between the tires. The oil pan is a large, rectangular metal device.

Unscrew the oil plug located at the back of the oil pan, towards the bottom of the car. This will allow you to drain all oil from the oil pan, which takes about 10 minutes to complete. Remove oil and dispose of properly or if in good condition, reuse.

Remove the starter motor, transmission, flywheel and transmission adapter plate from under the vehicle, located on or next to the oil pan. The removal of each of these is necessary in order to get the oil pan to drop. Remove each using a wrench to unscrew bolts.

Disconnect each of the bolts on the oil pan. The oil pan bolts are located around the outer edge of the oil pan and removed using a wrench.

Locate the oil pump suction tube after the oil pan bolts are out. It is located next to the oil pump and should be disconnected before moving the oil pan. The oil pan will fall off once you remove the tube.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands or ramp

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Pop the hood of the Grand Cherokee and locate the negative battery cable in the front of the vehicle, on the right-hand side. Use a wrench to disconnect the bolts holding the negative battery cable.

Remove the radiator fan and the intake manifold using a wrench. Install an engine-lifting device, such as the Tool 8534 or an equivalent to it. Do not raise the engine at this point. Locate and remove the structural covering located under the vehicle. There are three bolts to remove from the covering using a wrench.

Disconnect and remove the left and the right side engine mount through bolts, located on the engine itself. Use a wrench to unscrew these and set aside.

Raise the engine using the lifting device installed on the engine. Follow the manufacturer's warnings for using this device properly including placement of device, proper installation of it and limitations.

Place an engine oil drip pan under the engine oil pan and use a wrench to unscrew the oil drain plug, located at the back of the oil pan, facing the back of the vehicle. Allow oil to drain from the oil pan into the drip pan until there is no longer any draining.

Unscrew each of the oil pan mounting bolts from around the outside of the oil pan. Each bolt is removed using a wrench. Secure the oil pan with one hand as the bolts are removed.

Unbolt the oil pump pickup tube after the oil pan is dropped. Inside, remove the tube and oil pan gasket from the engine. When replacing, replace with a new gasket.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Engine lifting device

  • Oil drip pan

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Dodge Durango

Turn on the Durango and run it for at least 10 minutes, a few times around the block is best. This will get the engine oil up to temperature allowing it to drain better for you.

Park the vehicle on a flat, stable surface that gives you enough room to move around under. Jack up the Durango following the directions provided with your jack and jack stands.

Open the hood of the Durango and located the engine oil cap, found on the right side of the engine, towards the middle. Remove the cap by twisting it off and set aside, allowing ventilation and pressure release.

Climb under the vehicle and located the oil pan. The oil pan is on the underside of the engine, between the car's tires. It is a rectangular shaped pan with a plug located on the end towards the back of the car.

Place an oil drip pan under the oil pan and pull the plug by twisting it and pulling it. This will release all oil from the vehicle, draining it into the pan below. Allow the oil to drain until there is nothing left coming out.

Use a wrench to loosen the bolts of the oil pan. There are a total of 17 of them located around the edge of the oil pan, connecting it to the frame of the engine. Store safely.

Remove the oil pump pickup tube and oil pan gasket, which are connected to the oil pan. You will find these as soon as you drop the oil pan.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrenches

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Hyundai Sonata

Take the Sonata for a ride for at least 5 minutes to allow the oil in the vehicle to circulate. Pull onto a flat, secure surface and turn the vehicle off. Place a jack and jack stands under the vehicle and raise it, following the directions provided by the jack's manufacturer.

Put an oil drip pan under the engine's oil pan, found under the vehicle, between the tires. The oil pan is a rectangular shaped metal pan.

Twist off the drain bolt, located on the back (facing the back of the vehicle) using a wrench. Once the bolt is removed, the oil from within the oil pan will flow into the pan and will drain for at least 10 minutes.

Replace the oil drain bolt once all oil has been removed. Remove the oil from under the vehicle, cover and store to reuse if new or to dispose of properly.

Go under the hood of the Sonata and locate the negative battery cable, on the battery box, towards the very front of the car on the left hand side. Use a wrench to unscrew the bolt holding the cable in place.

Head under the Sonata, locate the engine splash shield, and exhaust front pipe. Use a wrench to unscrew both of these. They are located over the top of the oil pan. Remove the timing belt in the same fashion.

Position one hand on the bottom of the oil pan and use the other to unscrew each of the oil pan bolts, of which there are 16. To remove them, unscrew one then locate the one across from it. Remove each of the bolts in a crisscross fashion until the oil pan drops off.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Dodge Caravan

Allow the engine of the Caravan to run for 10 minutes, allowing it to heat up to normal temperature. Turn off the engine and place the vehicle on a sturdy, secure surface before moving on.

Jack the Dodge up using a jack and jack stands. Follow all recommended manufacturer requirements for the jack and stands to insure the vehicle is in a safe position.

Slide under the vehicle and locate the oil pan, which is directly under the engine, between the tires. It is a rectangular pan with a plug on it.

Place an oil drip pan under the oil pan and pull the plug out carefully. This will allow all of the oil in the pan to drain out. Allow to drain for 10 minutes or until the flow of oil stops.

Locate the battery of the car, located under the hood, on the far right. Use a wrench to disconnect the negative battery cable by removing the bolt that holds it in place.

Climb back under the car and remove the structural collar that is on the oil pan by using a wrench to loosen each of the bolts. Remove the air conditioning compressor bracket to the oil pan bolt next.

Brace the oil pan in place as you remove the final bolts using a wrench. These bolts are on the edges of the oil pan, holding it in place. Clean all gasket mating surfaces and the oil pan thoroughly before replacing them to keep from experiencing leaks or needing repairs.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Toyota Tacoma

Position the Tacoma on a safe, flat surface and raise it using a jack and jack stands for support. Follow the directions of the jack manufacturer for properly raising the vehicle.

Open the hood of the Tacoma and locate the battery which is at the very front of the vehicle, right behind the left front headlamp. Use a wrench to disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery, by removing the bolt holding it in place.

Roll under the vehicle and remove the engine under cover by removing the bolts holding it in place. The undercover covers the bottom of the engine block. Locate the engine oil pan in the center of the vehicle, at the base of the engine block.

Use an oil drip pan under the engine oil pan to capture the oil from the engine pan when you use a wrench to remove the oil drain plug from the pan. Allow the oil to drain fully, at least ten minutes, and then replace the plug.

Remove the lower oil pan by removing the 15 bolts and two nuts located around the edge of the oil pan. Use tool SST09032-00100 to pry off the lower oil pan if necessary, by sliding it into the groove between the oil pan and the engine.

Disconnect the oil strainer using a wrench and remove the gasket from the lower oil pan (it must be replaced with a new one at installation). Remove the flywheel housing undercover using a wrench to remove the bolts holding it in place.

Unscrew each of the 17 bolts and nuts located around the edge of the upper oil pan. Each of the bolts should be removed in a crisscross pattern where one bolt is removed then a bolt on the opposite side of the oil pan is removed. The oil pan will drop off.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Wrench

  • Oil drop pan

  • Tool SST09032-00100

 How to Drop an Oil Pan on a Lincoln Town Car

Park your car on a level surface. The Lincoln Town car has a high enough suspension so you will not have to raise the car to drop the oil pan, but you can do so if you like.

Place the oil drain pan under the oil drain pan plug (located toward the front of the oil pan). Remove the oil drain plug by using a 11mm socket. Let the oil drain completely from the engine.

Unscrew the oil filter by hand and pull it from the engine. This will ensure that the oil pooled in the filter does not inadvertently drain through the engine while the oil pan is dropped.

Using your socket set, loosen the bolts attaching the oil pan to the engine block. Be careful to work from side to side, back to front as you loosen the bolts. Loosen all the bolts, and then remove them, again working from side to side and back to front so the release of pressure on the oil pan lip is even.

Gently pry between the lip of the oil pan and the engine block with a paint scraper until the pan begins to separate from the engine. Use both hands to pull the pan completely from the block and drop it. Be careful, even though you have drained the engine oil, there will still be oil in the pan.

Remove the oil gasket by using the paint scraper to peel it away from the metal. make sure that none of the old gasket remains on either the pan or the block, or it will interfere with how well the oil pan seals when you re-install it.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Socket set

  • Paint scraper

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Saturn VUE

Position the vehicle on a safe, flat surface. Follow the directions on the jack and jack stands to properly raise and support the VUE.

Place an oil drip pan under the engine oil pan, located at the center of the engine block, under the vehicle. Use a wrench to disconnect the oil drain plug at the back of the oil pan to allow the oil to drain into the drip pan. Allow the oil to drain for at least ten minutes.

Look under the hood to find the negative battery cable at the front of the vehicle on the battery and use a wrench to remove. Locate the oil dipstick tube next to the oil cap on the left side of the engine and twist while pulling towards you. This will loosen the dipstick so it can be removed.

Install an engine support fixture on the VUE following the directions provided to you by the engine support fixture manufacturer. This provides support for the engine while you disconnect and remove some key support bolts.

Remove the right-hand engine mount and then raise the engine about three inches using the support tool. Do not raise the engine any more than this.

Disconnect the lower air conditioner compressor bolt located next to the oil pan using a wrench. Use a wrench to remove each of the bolts along the edges of the oil pan, which will allow it to drop off.

Pry the oil pan off the engine block if necessary. Use a flat bladed tool to do this.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

  • Engine support device

  • Flat bladed tool

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Saturn Ion

Use a jack and jack stands to raise and support the Ion following the jack's manufacturer recommendations for safety. Look under the hood to remove the negative battery cable, located at the very front of the vehicle on the battery, using a wrench to remove the bolts holding it in place.

Drain the oil from the engine oil pan located below the vehicle, between the front tires on the bottom of the engine block. Use a wrench to unscrew the oil drain plug at the back of the oil pan and place an oil drip pan underneath to allow the oil to drain fully.

Remove the front exhaust pipe from under the vehicle, using a wrench to remove the bolts holding it in place. Then, use a wrench to remove the front stiffening bracket and the flywheel cover, located under the vehicle.

Take the front right wheel off the vehicle. Use a wrench to remove the wheel well splash shield located under and behind the wheel to gain access to the oil pan.

Unscrew the bolts holding the oil pan in place, using a wrench to unscrew them. These are located around the outer edge of the oil pan. Loosen the front motor mount bolts just slightly to allow the oil pan to drop off.

Pry the oil pan from the engine block using an RTV cutter tool, being very careful to just slightly enter the seam between the two and to slide it around the edge. The oil pan will drop off.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Wrench

  • Oil drip pan

  • RTV cutter tool

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Mitsubishi Eclipse

Place the Eclipse on a flat surface safe to work on. Use a jack to raise the vehicle and support using jack stands, according to the jack stand manufacturer's directions for safety.

Position an oil drip pan under the oil pan. The oil pan is located between the tires of the vehicle, on the bottom portion of the engine.

Use a wrench to unscrew the oil drain bolt located at the back of the oil pan, pointing to the rear of the vehicle. Removing this bolt will allow the engine oil to drain from the oil pan into the oil drip pan below. Allow to drain fully then replace the oil drain bolt.

Remove the engine dipstick and tube assembly, located under the vehicle next to the oil pan. Use a wrench to disconnect the front exhaust pipe and the bell housing inspection cover. Each of these is next to or over the top of the oil pan.

Unscrew each of the bolts holding the oil pan in place on the cylinder block, using a wrench. Once each bolt is loose, they will fall off and the oil pan assembly will fall off as well.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Wrench

  • Oil drip pan

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Nissan Altima

Use a jack and jack stands to raise and support the vehicle following the manufacturer's requirements for using the jack and stands. Place an oil drip pan under the oil pan under the engine. The oil pan is located between the two front tires, about in the center of the engine.

Use a wrench to unscrew the engine oil pan plug at the back of the oil pan, and allow the engine oil to drain into the oil drip pan until no more is coming out. Replace the plug.

Go under the hood and locate the negative battery cable on the battery located at the front of the vehicle, on the left-hand side. Use a wrench to unscrew and remove the negative battery cable.

Remove the engine undercover, the front exhaust pipe and the power steering hose bracket that runs from the collector. Use a wrench to disconnect and remove the bolts holding them in place. Place the engine on an engine hoist, following the directions provided with the hoist. The engine should have support from above and below by the hoist and the jack stands.

Disconnect and remove the power steering pump and reservoir, auxiliary drive belts, air conditioner compressor, and the upper sway bar links by using a wrench to unscrew each of the bolts then gently pulling the item off. Follow this by removing the front and rear engine mount through bolts, lower ball joints and the two steering gear housing mounting bolts. The front suspension member bolts and front suspension member will need removal. All are removed in the same fashion, using a wrench.

Use a wrench to disconnect and remove each of the oil pan bolts located around the edge of the oil pan. Remove one bolt from the short end of the oil pan, facing the back of the vehicle and follow this with the removal of a bolt from the front of the oil pan. Crisscross back and forth first from back to front of the vehicle then from side to side until the removal of all 10 bolts.

Install a seal cutter between the aluminum oil pan and the steel oil pan. Use a hammer to tap the cutter while sliding it around the edge of the oil pan. Be very cautious not to damage the aluminum oil pan.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

  • Seal cutter

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Nissan Sentra

Place a jack and jack stand under the Sentra and raise it safely. Be sure to follow the directions provided by the jack manufacturer for safe installation and use.

Drain the engine oil by placing an oil drip pan under the vehicle's oil pan, located under the car, between the tires. Use a wrench to unscrew the plug at the very back of the oil pan, facing the back of the car, to allow the oil to drain. After the flow stops, replace the oil plug.

Under the hood, remove the negative battery cable from the battery, which is located at the very front of the vehicle on the left side using a wrench to remove the bolt holding it in place. Under the vehicle, use a wrench to disconnect each of the bolts holding the engine undercover in place.

Move back under the vehicle and locate the front exhaust tube located near the oil pan and remove using a wrench to loosen each of the bolts. Then, use a jack stand to properly support the transaxle assembly while you remove the bolts holding the center crossmember in place.

Notice the support brackets on either side of the oil pan and use a wrench to remove the bolts holding them in place. If the vehicle is equipped with an automatic transaxle, use a wrench to remove the bolts from the rear cover plate.

Unscrew each of the bolts around the edge of the oil pan, using a wrench and working around the oil pan by crisscrossing the oil pan. Insert a seal cutter between the oil pan and engine to pry the oil pan off, being very careful to keep the seal cutter away from the aluminum surfaces of the oil pan.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

  • Seal Cutter

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Mazda 6

Drive the Mazda 6 onto a flat surface with plenty of room to work around and under safely.

Open the hood of the vehicle and remove the negative battery cable using a wrench. The negative battery cable is located on the battery, at the very front of the vehicle, on the left side. Use a wrench to disconnect the cable and set aside.

Locate the engine under cover and remove using a wrench. Remove the right front wheel next, to gain access to the oil and oil pan.

Place an oil drip pan under the oil pan, which is located between the tires, towards the right of the vehicle, and looks like a rectangular, metal pan. Use a wrench to unscrew the oil drain plug from the back of the oil pan, which allows oil to flow from the oil pan into the oil drip pan you've put in position.

Remove the engine front cover using a wrench. Then, remove the dipstick tube pipe and the o-ring using a wrench. Each is located around the oil pan.

Unscrew each of the bolts that line the edge of the oil pan using a crisscross process; remove one bolt from one side of the pan then remove the opposite bolt on the opposite side of the pan. Support the pan with one hand to keep it from falling.

Use a separator tool to separate the oil pan from the engine, if necessary. Be careful not to damage the gasket, or to replace the damaged gasket with a new one before replacing the oil pan.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Wrench

  • Oil drip pan

  • Separator tool

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Mercury Villager

Place the Villager on a flat surface that is stable. Follow all recommended safety instructions provided in the owner's manual for servicing a vehicle.

Raise the Villager using a jack and jack stands for support. Follow the directions provided by the jack manufacturer for proper positioning of the jack.

Put an oil drip pan under the oil pan, located at the bottom of the engine, between the tires. Unscrew the oil pan drain plug and remove, allowing oil to flow from the oil pan into the oil drip pan. Let the oil drain fully, which will take about ten minutes.

Pop the hood and locate the battery at the very front of the vehicle, up against the front of the engine. Use a wrench to unscrew the bolt holding the negative battery cable in place and set aside.

Located the front engine mount support insulator through bolt, the rear engine mount support through bolt and the 2 rear refrigerant pipe bolts (used to hold down) and remove these using a wrench. Then, remove the 4 transverse member bolts allowing the cross-member to be removed.

Disconnect the exhaust inlet pipe, the 4 rear transaxle to engine brace bolts then the 5 front transaxle to engine brace bolts using a wrench to unscrew each of the bolts, allowing the piece to be set aside. Remove the front transaxle to engine brace followed by the low oil level sensor electrical connector using a wrench to unscrew each of the bolts on the brace then pulling them off. Each is located on or surrounding the oil pan in the Villager.

Unscrew each of the 18 oil pan bolts located around the outer edge of the oil pan. Work from the outside towards the center bolts, removing one bolt from each side of the oil pan before moving to the next side.

Drop the oil pan off, but secure it with your hand as the last bolts are removed. Remove the seals on the oil pan and don't reuse them.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

 How to Drop the Oil Pan in a Oldsmobile Alero

Use a jack to raise the Alero off the ground safely then support is properly using jack stands. The manufacturer of the jack and stands provides the necessary methods to safely secure the vehicle on the stands.

Position an oil drip pan under the engine oil pan, located under the Alero, about in the center of the engine block. Use a wrench to disconnect the back facing oil plug and allow the oil to drain fully from the oil pan into the drain pan before reinserting the oil plug.

Remove the engine mount strut bracket, drive belt and the lower upper air compressor bolts using a wrench. These are located under the vehicle next to or right on top of the oil pan, and will easily pull off the vehicle once the bolts are removed.

Disconnect each of the 15 bolts that line the outer edge of the oil pan using a wrench and a crisscross method so that one bolt is removed from each side, one at a time. The oil pan will drop off once the bolts are removed.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Oil drip pan

  • Wrench

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