Does the disc with the slot in it at bottom of oil pan( covers up the drain hole) need to be there? What is suppose to do? I know Ford would not have put it there if they thought it was not needed. Sure would be easy to get a dropped nut or washer out if it was not there. Input? Dan
"Sure would be easy to get a dropped nut or washer out if it was not there."
That's why it's there...
Yes Dan I agree. Jerry that makes no sense
unless you're trying to keep a finger out of harms way when servicing the car. It looks like an OSHA-mandated thing...60 years before it's time...
I think Jerry is hinting that the plate is there to trap stuff that otherwise may bé free to cause havoc.
I could be wrong.
Allan from down under.
Provides a 'trap' to collect heavy debris from the oil.
But importantly allows the oil to drain out in a more controlled stream..... as the oil drops down through the narrow rectangular slot out the drain hole.
With or without it there the band nuts and washers are too large to got thru the drain hole.
That is right! The little drain hole is there.
As for the rectangular slot in the disc above the drain hole, was describing the 'controlled stream' produced.
Actually that rectangular hole creates a venturi effect. That is the oil runs out more quickly from the slot, bringing with it a turbulence to the stationary oil stored above.
When you remove that drain plug, have you noticed how the oil stream coming out takes a fluid like twist? The venturi effect provides a strong flow under the disc to also remove the debris caught there.
A self-cleaning drain.
Henry and his guys knew their physics stuff
That's very interesting Dan, and very cool to think they thought about stuff like that 100 years ago
I wonder if my pan is missing that feature? When I pull the drain plug the oil dumps out in a big gusher and splashes. I also had a bendix shaft key come out with the oil one time.
Mark , it probably does. Stick your finger in the hole you'll feel the baffle.
It makes sense if you have a sense of humor. I was suggesting it was the work of a sadistic engineer, designer, or Henry Ford himself.
If I could edit it, I'd add a "" to it.
oops sorry Jerry
sometimes Its hard to tell when someone is joking when your reading, especially when texting!
No problem Doug. The "hard to tell..." thing bites me in the butt every now and then.