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Old 04-11-2005, 10:52 AM
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Astro Oil Pan Removal

Okay...I've done my share of repairs on vehicles that the manuals stated "must be done at an approved repair facility", but I may be at one that I need to actually do this time.
My head gasket blew on my Astro Van - so both heads came off, one had to be replaced, new head gaskets, lifters, inake manifold gaskets, etc., and I have a mechanical "tick, click" that my buddy has diagnosed as related to one particular piston. The Piston Con Rod may be bent or some other damage to the piston assembly - the long and short is that the piston needs to be taken out.
Has anyone removed the oil pan with the engine in place or found a way to get the oil pan off by jacking the engine up or anything? If you have done this or know someone who has I would appreciate your insight!

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Old 04-11-2005, 10:58 AM
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You might have better luck posting this on a Ford forum. The Astro is a Ford vehicle.....right?
'91 300-SEL
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:27 PM
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To tell you the truth this may be possiable. I have replaced the Main bearing in a 1976 Vette with the crank still in the car. The problem you will find is where is the crossmember in relation to the oil pan. Can you drop the pan if so you may be able to remove the rod bolts and take a small rod that will not hurt the bore of the motor and pop that piston and rod right out the top.

Let me know what you find.

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Old 04-11-2005, 07:59 PM
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According to my 1992 Astro service manual you only need to remove the exhaust pipe at the exhaust manifolds, torque converter cover, and starter.

What year Astro and how many miles?

1998 Mercedes E320, 200K Miles
2001 Acura 3.2TL, 178K Miles
1992 Chevy Astro, 205K Miles
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