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 04-16-2004, 18:21 Post: 83346
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Ive got a 97 F350 with Powerstroke. It was a plow /salt truck before I got it last year. Anyways, a couple of days ago I noticed that it was leaving drips in the drive. Today I got under it and thought I had a leaky rear main until I cleaned the pan off. After getting all the grime off the bottom, I see that the oil is just seeping through the pan near the rear edge. I knew the pan was badly rusted but Ive never seen or heard of an oil pan rusting through before. After a cleaned it, it no longer leaves drips, its puddles now. My temporary solution is to smear some high temp RTV on it but I know thats not permanent. Any ideas on this, short of pulling the pan and replacing it? Welding, JBWeld, Sealer???
Probably not many with experience with this but if I need to pull it, how hard of a job is that and how much does a new pan cost?






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 04-16-2004, 19:07 Post: 83352
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I would drain the oil and let it sit all night. Then a thorough de-greasing and a JB Weld patch should make it good as new.

I would worry though..... if the pan rusted through some of the steering components might be in trouble too. A real good underbody inspection might be in order






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 04-16-2004, 19:07 Post: 83353
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I have never heard of a pan rusting through with out being bent first. I have never replaced a pan on a Powerstroke but in general it is only an hour and 1/2 job. You should be able to find a pan at the wreckers if the cost is too high new. As was said before it is not likely ever to happen again.
If you can get the area clean and free of oil you could JB weld it. I have a hole in my diesel tank of my MF and JB welded it a number of years ago. If you cleaned it up and removed it you could also braise the pan.






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 04-16-2004, 19:53 Post: 83357
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Please! Don't go cheap or crude! If the truck is worth owning, replace the pan with a new or good used one! This is not a difficult job. At worst a motor mount may need to be loosened and jack up the motor for clearance to remove/install. A patch will only fail when you are as far from civilization as possible! (Directly quoted from Murphy's law)






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 04-16-2004, 20:04 Post: 83360
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I just wanted to make sure there isnt an easy and economical fix that Im overlooking. I figured it was time for a new pan. I just hope that it doesnt take long for me to find a pan and scrape up some time to do the work because Ive got a couple of jobs for the truck coming up next week and a couple the week after that. I hate paying someone to fix my junk but this may be one of those times when I just have to. I like this diesel but I have to admit that Im mechanically intimidated by it for some reason.






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 04-16-2004, 20:19 Post: 83363
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Don't be. Remember a diesel is much simpler than a gas motor. Never done a 'pan on a p-stroke but couldn't be any worse than a 4x4 with a 460. Just be careful where you put your fingers!!






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 04-16-2004, 21:34 Post: 83366
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I would have to second AV8R.........especially his quote from Murphy's Law. ;o)






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 04-17-2004, 03:12 Post: 83386
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Ive done some research on it now and I think its time to bite the bullet and brush the cobwebs off the wallet. The info Ive seen so far suggests that the engine must be R&Red to get the pan off. Were not talking loosening a motor mount, were talking removal. 20 flat rate hours for labor plus a couple hundred for the pan, $1400 minimum Id say.
When I first crawled under it, I was worried about it being a rear main leak. Now I wish it was.






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 04-17-2004, 09:11 Post: 83415
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JB Weld. Once that stuff is set up its almost chisel proof. Even the RTV should work since the pan is not pressurized.

As far as it being ugly... don't crawl under there and look at it.






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 04-17-2004, 10:08 Post: 83419
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The problem with repairing it is that you don't want rust particles breaking off and messing up engine internals.






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