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Oil Pan Leak-Reinforcement Girdle

Old 08-12-2016
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Oil Pan Leak-Reinforcement Girdle

Have a 2004 Ranger Edge 3.0 4WD.
Recently had to replace the engine with a crate engine.
Things went OK but after about 1.5 months, noticed an oil leak.
It's a slow drip-clearly coming from the oil pan.

The shop that did the engine work says that they forgot to replace and lost a part called an, "Oil Pan Reinforcement Girdle." It's supposedly a part that goes on the back of the oil pan to give the two bolts in that location more sealing pressure.

I've never heard of this, can't find it anywhere, the shop can't find one, Ford has no part number but the two Certified Master Mechanics swear they saw it and the shop says they will only continue their warranty if I allow them to have it fabricated and installed when they redo the oil pan gasket. I don't think the mechanics are liars. I think they are mistaken and the shop has me over a barrel-its their way or no way. I think it's a BS way of stalling having to redo the oil pan gasket.

Has anyone every heard of this part? Any constructive advice is appreciated.

Old 08-13-2016
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: BC Canada
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I found this, although the listing for this particular one does not include the 3 litre.


I'll have a look at mine and see if there is something like that on my oil pan.
If indeed there is supposed to be one and yours is leaking, I would say they over or undertightened the bolts.
Maybe they distorted the oil pan ???
And if it's a crate engine, didn't it come with its own oil pan, seems odd ?

Last edited by Jeff R 1; 08-13-2016 at 05:05 AM.
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