Re: Changing 4.0 Main Seal
OK, I'll answer my own question for removing the oil pan. There was only one bad part about the whole thing.
There's a rubber/metal half moon bracket thing. It's attached to the back side of the oil pan right next to the transmission. I don't know how they put that damn thing on there, but it was a bitch to get off. The bolt head is partially covered up with the stiff rubber and you cannot get a socket on it at all. I was BARELY able to get a box end wrench on the bolt and give it a 1/16 of a turn. Then I had to get on it from the top and SLOWLY turn it. I'm not sure what is the purpose of the metal piece, but I'm considering not putting it back on. I don't know if I can actually get them back in place with the rubber piece (let alone torque them to spec).
Aside from that bracket, everything else was accessible with a deep well socket, a couple extensions, and a universal. I simply jacket up the frame as much as possible, set on jack stands, and let the front axle hang down. After all the oil pan bolts were removed, it came right off and slid out towards the back of the motor without any clearance issues.
Tomorrow I'll replace the rear main seal and reinstall the oil pan.