I just did my oil Pan gasket last night. THe same thing happened to me, it was caught on the starter. The book said to remove the starter, of course I am a guy with a wrench so obviously I didnt read the book first! Anyway, I found that will a lil bit of wiggling, i didnt need to remove the starter. I got it out and back in with the starter in place. Remember, its all metal, if your just using your hands, you wont hurt anything. Now I have to say that i have 4.0 so I dont have any issues with the cross pipe and I am not really sure how close the starter is to the pan.
Retired US Army Soldier, now gone fishin'
2001 Grand Cherokee Laredo - RIP
1998 Cherokee Sport
1965 M416 Trailer
Last edited by GI-Jeepin'; 12-08-2011 at 02:15 PM.