I had the oil pan gasket (12151-61011) replaced the other day. Was a bit out of my capability right now, technically not allowed to do wet work at my current rental so I took it to Pro Auto in St. George.
So far very happy with the results:
I'm still getting some oil accumulating on the bell hosing, but its a lot less than before. It could be another (slower) leak, or just leftover oil from the oil pan leaking its way out. Not sure.
Only other wet spot is under/around the spark plugs. Do those leak? Any other common 3FE leaks?
Things have slowed down enough to actually make a oil dye test worth while.
Oh also, while I was getting the oil changed, I threw on a neodymium magnet oil pan plug:
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I don't think you need any lubrication on a rubber bushing, no.Changed out the sway bar bushings today. Very easy, just some WD4, and a socket and impact wrench. Newbie question I had was if I needed to jack the car up to do it, and the answer is no! Sway bars are not weight bearing. Also, detaching sway bars on trails for extra flex/clearance seems to be a common tactic, but most of you probably know that.
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I used 48815-30050 for the front swaybar and 48815-30080 for the rear swaybar. The rear one seemed slightly too big, compared to the front bushings, but generally appear to be serving their purpose fine. It could be because I have a full float rear axel and it needs a different bushing? Are you supposed to grease these before putting them on?