'88 pickup, V6, 4x4: removing oil pan
Do I have to drop/remove the front differential to remove the oil pan to replace the oil pan gasket? I removed the steering dampener and idler arm from the steering (suggested here in another thread) and that gives me a lot of room, but the front diff seems to prevent me from even getting at the bolts to the pan. I haven't jacked the front up to see how much room that gives me.
(P.S., I'm planning on putting RTV on both sides of the new oil pan gasket, but i see there is another plate between the oil pan and the engine block ... does that require a gasket and/or sealant?)