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2003 Edge 3.0L Oil Pan

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2003 Edge 3.0L Oil Pan

I have a 2003 Edge 2WD with a 3.0L engine. I need to replace the oil pan gasket. I have read up on this and all the information I have found is for the standard 2WD with the 3.0L engine and they state that either the engine has to be raised 2 inches or the transmission has to be pulled back 2 inches. But I have a Edge and the engine sits up 3-4 inches higher then the standard 3.0L engine. Looking at this and taking measurements it appears that the oil pan can come straight down about 4 inches before it hits the rack and pinion unit. Is this enough room to clear the oil pump and pickup tube? I sure don't want to lift the engine or pull the transmission. Has anyone ever pulled the oil pan from a 2003 Edge 2WD with the 3.0L engine? If so what did you have to do to get it off?
 
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I forgot tomention that it has the torsion bar suspension not the coil springs.
 
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Do you need the pan completely off? If it'll drop 4" that should be enough room to clean up the surfaces and get a new gasket in there.
 
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The 4"may be enough but i was worried about dropping old gasket material down inside the pan and not be able to get it out. I was thinking about taking the rack and pinion unit loose, only have to loosen the tie rod ends and two bolts, and move it back 1-2 inches and that would give me 7" to drop the pan which should be enough to completely get it off. That would be a lot easier then lifting the motor or moving the transmission.
 
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That sounds like it may work... worth a shot anyways!
 
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why does the motor sit higher in an edge? i know the tbar trucks sit 3in higher than coil spring rangers stock, but the motor?
 
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I would like to know this as well... I have an '04 Edge 3.0, and my gasket is leaking also. I've lived with it for a long time, simply because I read about having to lift engine, etc...
 
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If you have torsion bar suspension it comes completely off. All you have to do is remove the starter and a small inspection plate on the plate covering the front of the transmission. You do not have to raise the motor or move the transmission. My dropped off no problems at all. Going back on was a little more difficult in that the gasket would hang up on the plate on the front of the transmission. If you have coil springs suspension then you have to raise the motor.
 
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Can anybody else confirm what OP said? Mines a 3.0l 2wd torsion bar suspension
 
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