Triton V10 Oil Pan Removal

by Dan Ferrell

Vehicles equipped with the Triton V10 engine provide no easy access to the oil pan under the engine. In fact, replacing the oil pan gasket, servicing the oil pan or a component under the oil pan is an involved process that requires the removal of several components, lifting and securing the engine. The process you will find here is a general guideline. You might want to have the service and repair manual for your particular vehicle year and model to be able to reassemble the different components with their proper torque.

Preparing to Remove the Oil Pan

Since you will need to lift the engine at least a few inches and work underneath your vehicle, it is a good idea to lift the front and rear of your vehicle using ramps or jack stands to keep it on a level position. Then, drain the engine oil and coolant system and loosen the exhaust pipe retaining nuts. Start removing accessories from the top and bottom of the engine that may block your access to the oil pan including the air cleaner assembly, the charge air cooler duct and the transmission cooler tubes. Make sure to use a line wrench to avoid damaging the lines' retaining nuts. Then remove the radiator and cooling fan as well using a fan clutch hub wrench set. Many vehicles using the Triton V10 are equipped with dual generators. If this is your case, remove both the primary and secondary drive belts and corresponding tensioner. Depending on your particular model, you may be able to move the primary generator to the side, but probably you will have to remove the secondary generator from the vehicle along with the idler pulley.

Removing the Oil Pan

Before installing the engine hoist, make matchmarks on the hood and hood hinges so that you can reinstall it in the same position during the reassembly process. Then install two heavy-duty lifting eyes on the right cylinder head and one more on the left cylinder head. Double check and make sure there are no lines, accessories and other components that may prevent the engine from being lifted a few inches. When you're ready, install a lifting crane and raise the engine just enough to relieve the weight off the engine motor mounts. Working from under and around the engine, remove the motor mounts. Then lift the engine just enough to provide sufficient clearance to the oil pan mounting bolts and support the engine using an engine support fixture and remove the crane. Check around the oil pan for parts or components that may prevent the pan from moving freely once the mounting bolts have been removed. Depending on your particular model, you may need to move the oil pan backwards once you remove the bolts to reach the oil pickup tube bolts. After removing the bolts, let the pickup tube fall into the pan and remove the oil pan from the vehicle. During the reassembling process, use a new oil pickup tube O-ring to prevent oil leaks.

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About the Author

Since 2003 Dan Ferrell has contributed general and consumer-oriented news to television and the Web. His work has appeared in Texas, New Mexico and Miami and on various websites. Ferrell is a certified automation and control technician from the Advanced Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.