7.3 Liter Ford Oil Pan Saver Kit
This oil pan repair kit covers the 7.3 L Ford Powerstroke for the following years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003. Please include the year model and build date during checkout. This kit is very easy to install yourself, at home, over the weekend. No truck lift is needed to complete the installation of the kit. No special tools are needed but an angle grinder does help the process go much faster.
- Drain Oil from the truck
- Remove the oil filter and save for later
- Wrap the oil filter housing with a rag
- COMPLETELY clean the outside of the pan with 36 grit sand paper and an angle grinder
- Don’t worry about holes in the pan they will be covered up with the glue
- Wipe the entire pan with Acetone and be sure that there is NO oil dripping from the drain plug
- INSERT the oil drain plug back into the pan
- DO NOT cover the pan with glue yet!
- Dry fit the shell onto the clean oil pan to confirm fitment
- Acetone the inside of the shell
- Insert the sealant into a caulking gun ready for application
- Work time for the sealant is roughly 20 minutes
- Be sure to cover the problematic areas of the pan first
- WEAR GLOVES AND SAFETY GLASSES
Prep For Install
- Have everything prepped and ready to cover the pan
- Clean the pan with acetone again
- Clean the shell with acetone again
- Have jack and wooden blocks ready under the truck
- Clean the old oil filter and have it ready under the truck (you’ll use this to brace the wedge)
Cover The Pan and Install the Shell
- MAKE SURE THE OIL DRAIN PLUG HAS BEEN RE-INSTALLED IN THE PAN.
- If the hole in the bottom of the shell does not align with the drain plug, use a razor knife to widen it slightly.
- COVER the oil pan with the sealant making sure to cover all areas that were prepped.
- Make sure to use 100% of the sealant.
- You may want to use a putty knife to spread the sealant around, once the entire tube has been used.
- Install the shell and press up evenly by hand.
- You DO NOT need to apply much force to the bottom of the shell but you do want it to push a small amount of sealant from the bottom hole in the shell.
- The pan shell helps to make the gasket evenly distributed on the oil pan.
- Place the jack underneath and LIGHTLY raise to hold the shell in place. Use wooden blocks to get around the drain plug.
- Install the old oil filter.
- Insert wedge between the oil filter and the pan shell.
- Wait 30 hours minimum for the sealant to cure. Wait longer if it’s cold outside.
- After 30 hours have passed, remove the jack, blocks, old oil filter and carefully cut the sealant off the drain plug.
- Install new oil filter, fill with oil, crank the truck, let it warm up and enjoy your leak free oil pan.
One Week Shell Check
- After 5-7 days or normal truck use, check the pan shell to confirm fitment is still secure.