I hope you are using a new gasket. The bolts are supposed to be tightened down in a particular sequence as well as a certain torque. Let me know if you need this information. Also - the pickup sits down in the oil pan more than you might think - give yourself enough room to get the pan clear of the pickup tube. Also be sure the screen is clean before you bolt the new pan up.driverlarry said:I am helping my nephew replace the oil pan on his 1996 Thunderbird LX. Anyone replaced an oil pan and have any tips?