So true. This actually makes a big difference. Pan comes off nice and easy. If you are up there to replace the rear main seal, might as well replace the oil pump while you are at it. Peace of mind.Just drop the pan and the oil pump. Pan will come off easier if you set the timing index line on the balancer at 5 o'clock (as viewed from the front) - gets the front counterweight up out of the way, gives you more clearance to the front crossmember.