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Old 11-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Oil leak?

So I thought I had a small oil leak from my drain bolt, changed the drain bolt, all seemed well until I got under the car today, seems it still is leaking from the drain bolt because at the bottom of the drain bolt if you see in the pic looks like the pan has oil on it, but than I get further under and see the bolts that hold the oil pan to the car coated in oil...no idea what this is or where it's coming from, I need some help from you guys, what you think judging from the pics? Doesn't seem like I'm losing any oil from the dip stick, I check multiple times a week and stays pretty consistent...
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Bump...possibly the oil pan gasket?
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Holy rust ..



It's leaking because you didn't put a crush washer , or did it come with a O ring
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Holy rust .. It's leaking because you didn't put a crush washer , or did it come with a O ring
Too much rust? Lol I live in NJ where this car is driven year round in crazy salted roads ..Oil drain plug comes with a built in o ring against the head of the bolt for sealing..any other ideas? Should I maybe put a crush washer on?
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Ugh one thing after the next, this is definitely a love hate relationship
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Too much rust? Lol I live in NJ where this car is driven year round in crazy salted roads ..Oil drain plug comes with a built in o ring against the head of the bolt for sealing..any other ideas? Should I maybe put a crush washer on?
This may seem a silly question, but did you use a direct-replacement drain plug? I ask because, without a crush washer on the right plug, the plug and o-ring may not fit perfectly.

Otherwise, it definitely looks like it could be a pan gasket. Are you dripping oil in your driveway? If your indicated level is holding steady, and you're not dripping on your driveway, I wouldn't worry too much about it, until your next oil change. Then, replace the gasket, clean that area thoroughly, and see what happens.
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This may seem a silly question, but did you use a direct-replacement drain plug? I ask because, without a crush washer on the right plug, the plug and o-ring may not fit perfectly. Otherwise, it definitely looks like it could be a pan gasket. Are you dripping oil in your driveway? If your indicated level is holding steady, and you're not dripping on your driveway, I wouldn't worry too much about it, until your next oil change. Then, replace the gasket, clean that area thoroughly, and see what happens.
I believe so, called Ford parts department, said I needed a replacement drain plug for an 02 Mustang GT, guy said he had plenty of them, the ones that already have the gasket build into the head bolt, when I picked it up it was identical to my old drain plug so assuming it was the correct one...as for drips on my driveway, none right now, but I did seem to have a few drips with the older drain plug when the car sat for a day or 2..
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One thing to remember when looking for oil leaks is to look towards the front of the car and up, a drain plug leak isn't going to travel up the oil pan (gravity has a say in that). Take some brake and parts cleaner and try to clean up the areas that look oily. Drive it for a couple days and see if it comes back/where it's coming from.
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I have a valve cover leak in the rear. People keep saying I have a rear main seal leak then I tell them to look up.
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I have a valve cover leak in the rear. People keep saying I have a rear main seal leak then I tell them to look up.
So is that how yours looks in the pictures?
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Yeah. Oil will travel down then back and cover everything. Always check from the top down for oil leaks. Good luck
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Yeah. Oil will travel down then back and cover everything. Always check from the top down for oil leaks. Good luck
What would be the best way to verify a valve cover leak?
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Well if you look at the valve cover and its dry above the gasket and wet below you are leaking there. That being said, you may have a leak in another place as well. You could check the torque on the valve cover bolts but most likely new gaskets will be needed. This will give you the opportunity to paint them as well.
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