Of course engine type doesn't matter (and IIRC, it doesn't) - of course you
have the pan dropped and all that crap off the sides of the motor are now in
the pan... along with any other manner of debris. If the pan has to come
out, the upper intake on V engines comes off as does the fan shroud - even
then it is a PITA.
Me? I carefully clean the pan and motor the day before leaving enough time
for everything to dry. Drop the pan as far as possible and work very
carefully to avoid debris getting in the pan. Old gasket out, new gasket
in - done deal.
I've done it this way, too. Had to replace the gasket on a Grand
Marquis without taking the engine out of the vehicle. If you're very
patient and you remember to work your way past the oil pickup tube, it
works. Took me 3-5 hours to get the old one out and the new one bolted
into place. The most difficult part was holding the gasket in place
with one hand, holding the oil pan in place with another hand, and then
finding a 3rd hand to start the first bolt while trying to make sure
the gasket wasn't trying to fall into the middle of the pan. Find
someone to help you and it shouldn't be quite as time consuming.
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