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Old 01-23-2010, 06:47 AM
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OIL!!!

So my powerstroke was giving me problems, changed the oil and it was low. I filled her up with a new filter/oil and have been driving her for about a week now. Oil level has stayed the same.. Didn't check it yesterday but did the day before. Went out this morning after she has been sitting all night and the oil reading says that shes around 2qts low...

No symptoms of oil usage.. it doesn't smoke (maybe a cough of blue in the cold mornings but nothing other than that), there are no leaks that I can visually see. Never any spots underneath with oil and the front end is dry..

WHERE IS MY OIL GOING?!
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:06 AM
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Look in the valley behind the fuel filter. It holds quarts before it drains down the back of the block?
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:10 AM
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Hmm.. Ill go check that now
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:13 AM
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Also check the fuel filter for oil. The O-rings can blow and the 7.3s will burn the oil no problem.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:37 AM
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Doesn't the fuel from the fuel bowl come straight from the tank? Will check that but I took another peak under neath today and found that I do have a leak coming from I THINK the pan.. I have photos. It leaks out of the fill cap as well alittle bit.. enough to keep the area wet.

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Old 01-23-2010, 07:54 AM
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The fuel bowl feeds the fuel rails and if the o-rings are bad on the injectors then the oil can make it's way through the fuel rails into the bowl.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:12 AM
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Makes sense, how would I tell if theres oil.. is it clear enough to notice just by looking at it?
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:14 AM
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Yeah! that much oil you will be able to tell if that's what it is
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:27 AM
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J440,

I had a very similar problem. The only time it leaks is when the engine was running. When this happened it was difficult to find due to the "spray" of oil covering everything. It ended up being the front crankshaft seal. In photo 5 you have a excessive amount of oil build up around the front crankshaft pulley. Clean all of the oil up that you can and start looking for fresh leaks. My guess is you see a very small drip appear around the bottom of crankshaft seal.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:44 AM
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Yeah looks like it.. if it were a crank seal, how hard is it to put a new one in.. Or in other words, is it a big job?
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