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Old 01-23-2013, 02:59 PM
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Name That Leak!

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Welcome to tonights episode of Name That Leak, mechanics....come on down. (audience applause)....and who is our first contestant?

Hi, My name is Michael and this is a new to me customer with a new to him early '04 6.0. The truck came from ebay about two weeks ago for under $8000. Enough about the history on the truck.

One of his complaints is check oil leak. When I picked the truck up on the lift it almost looked like it was raining oil....it was dripping from every point. A trip to the quarter car wash and back up on the lift revealed the source of the leak was on the driver's side. I hoped for a cam sensor but no joy, it is dry. I am unable to get a mirror and light where I need it to be able to see. The leak originates from the front of the block where it meets the front cover. It is behind the power steering pump. The oil looks to be being pumped out.

So....do y'all think this is front cover/oil pump related or bed plate related? Do I need to pull the steering pump and run it to see if I can see any better? Any help is greatly appreciated. Sorry for bad pics.





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Old 01-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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Re: Name That Leak!

I can see right away you are missing a bolt in the oil pan. Unless it's an optical illusion.

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Sounds like front cover leak:

http://www.backglass.org/duncan/ps60...l/ps60_024.jpg

Was someone else in there working on it recently?

I'm just guessing here.

TheDieselGarage.com - View Single Post - 6.0L Severe Oil Leak

There wasn't a return fix on the above thread.
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Looks like a bolt missing on the pan...
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Re: Name That Leak!

Yes, there is a pan bolt missing, which tells me someone has been in there, but the oil does not originate from the pan area.

I have no history on the truck and I can find no new or recent parts on it.

The leak in the link sounds exactly like what I've got going on.

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Re: Name That Leak!

Start at the oil filter housing and work your way down.

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are you sure it's oil and not power steering fluid, if it's oil have you checked the front crank seal, i know on my mustang i had a front seal leaking and it threw oil everywhere, which made it look like it was coming from other places, their are just so many places on these damn trucks where oil could be leaking from, if your anywhere near winston salem nc, take it to scott at trucks unlimited he'll find it and fix it for ya. he has my 04 f350 right now rebuliding the motor, new pistons rings bearings, and whatever else it needs, also having the heads redone, installing arp head studs, ,,,,

big blue, f350 crew cab, long bed, 03 turbo with 4in straight pipe exhaust, sounds like a train love it 4 in lift riding on 35x12.50x20 with nice 20 in massi rims,,, when i get it back,, rebulit motor, with arp head studs, blue spring, udated dummy plugs, new oil cooler egr delete, im going to get lifted 2 more inches in couple of weeks so my front tires won't scrub. can't wait to get her back.

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Old 01-23-2013, 04:23 PM
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Re: Name That Leak!

It's def engine oil. Once I got back from the car wash I picked it up and cleaned my "new" oil with carb cleaner. It took a few seconds of running at idle on the lift for the oil to appear. I was leaning toward front cover but I wanted to see what all the smart people thought. I can say with 100% confidence that it is not a cam sensor or a front crank seal, it is def coming from around the side....at the bedplate seam but right against the front cover...as best as I can tell anyway.

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Re: Name That Leak!

Anyone else have an opinion?

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maybe someone did the timing cover and didn't use silicon between the bed plate seam and cover gasket. or maybe they pulled a piece of the bed plate seal out when they pulled the gasket. or maybe it's just leaking there anyways
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