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How to Replace an Oil Pump Drive Shaft on a Ford 460

by Lee Newberry

The Ford Motor Company introduced the 460 C.I.D. (cubic inch displacement) engine to the American automotive consumer in 1968. Ford offered the engine as a power-train option in most full-size trucks and luxury passenger cars like the Lincoln. In the late 1960's, many municipal police departments utilized the Ford 460 as the main power plant for their police interceptors; the high-powered engine was an obvious choice for chasing down fleeing criminals. The 460's easy-to-work-on, high-horsepower design was also popular with automotive enthusiasts. Replacing the oil pump drive shaft can be performed with common tools and moderate knowledge of automotive repair.

Oil Pump Drive Shaft Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the vehicle's battery.

Raise the front end of the vehicle with a jack.

Place one jack stand under each "A" arm. One "A" arm is located behind each front wheel assembly.

Lower the front of the vehicle onto the jack stands. Make sure the front of the vehicle is safely supported; remove the jack.

Locate the engine oil pan, which is under the vehicle on the bottom of the engine block.

Place a drain bucket or other container under the engine oil pan assembly. Remove the oil pan drain plug using a socket wrench and socket.

Drain the engine oil completely. Reinsert the oil pan drain plug using a torque wrench and socket to the manufacturer's recommended torque level.

Remove the 25 bolts that secure the oil pan to the engine block using a socket wrench and a socket. Set the oil pan bolts aside.

Remove the oil pan from the engine block. Set the oil pan aside.

Remove all gasket material from the engine block and oil pan mounting surfaces using a gasket scraper.

Locate the oil pump inlet tube and screen assembly attached to the bottom side of the oil pump.

Remove the two bolts securing the inlet tube and screen to the oil pump using a socket wrench and socket. Set the oil pump inlet tube and screen aside.

Remove the two bolts that secure the oil pump to the engine block using a socket wrench and a socket.

Pull the oil pump assembly away from the engine block by hand. The oil pump drive shaft will come out with the oil pump assembly.

Remove all gasket material from the engine block and oil pump mounting surfaces using a gasket scraper.

Pull the oil pump drive shaft out of the oil pump assembly by hand.

Oil Pump Drive Shaft Installation

Place a small amount of engine assembly lube on each end of the new oil pump drive shaft.

Insert one end of the new oil pump drive shaft into the oil pump assembly.

Install a new gasket between the oil pump and the engine block assembly.

Install the oil pump and drive shaft assembly onto the engine block using the two oil pump retaining bolts.

Tighten the two oil pump bolts using a torque wrench and socket to the manufacturer's recommended torque level.

Install the oil pump inlet tube and screen to the oil pump assembly using the two inlet tube retaining bolts.

Tighten the two oil pump inlet tube retaining bolts using a torque wrench and socket to the manufacturer's recommended torque level.

Install a new gasket between the engine block and the oil pan.

Install the engine block oil pan. Thread each of the 25 oil pan retaining bolts by hand until the oil pan is lightly seated.

Tighten all 25 of the oil pan retaining bolts using a cross-hatch tightening pattern with a torque wrench and socket. Tighten each retaining bolt to the manufacturer's recommended torque level. Make sure that the oil pan is evenly seated on the engine block.

Locate the engine oil "fill" tube in the engine compartment. Remove the cap from the oil "fill" tube.

Add the manufacturer's recommended oil type into the vehicle's engine until the oil level reads "full" on the oil dipstick. Use an oil funnel if necessary. Install the cap onto the oil "fill" tube.

Raise the front of the vehicle off of the jack stands with a jack. Remove the jack stands from under the vehicle. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Remove the jack.

Reconnect the negative battery cable to the vehicle's battery.

Start the engine and allow the it to reach normal operating temperature. Shut the engine off.

Check the oil pan for any leaks. Check the level of the engine oil on the oil dip-stick. Add oil if necessary.

Tip

  • Make sure all gasket material is removed from oil pan and oil pump mounting surfaces before installing new gaskets. Keep all removed components and bolts organized for easy installation. Dispose of any used fluids at a fluid recycling center.

Warning

  • Always disconnect the negative battery cable from the vehicle's battery before performing any automotive repairs.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Lee Newberry began writing in 1988 as a junior high school student. Newberry went on to write for his high school paper and landed a spot as an adaptive script writer for a local Southern Illinois theatre group. Newberry went on to receive his master's degree in English and bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.

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