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Old 02-23-2011, 01:01 PM
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Oil pan gasket??

Is there an oil pan gasket on these trucks or something else there? I have looked everywhere for an oil leak but I keep ending up with the same idea. It has to be leaking from where the oil pan meets the motor in the front around the pulley and in the back by the starter. I tried tightening the bolts on the pan but the do not go any tighter. I am guessing this will require the engine to be pulled out in order to replace this gasket.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:04 PM
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no gasket, ford uses a real good permatex. Before you pull make sure thats whats lkeaking. my wifes had the leak in front where you mention but its the oil cooler Orings getting old and it leaks down there. Mine has a small leak in back at the atarter but its coming from the top. Not in the valley thru the weap hole so i am assuming from the turbo pedestal or something. You may have 2 leaks that are not the pan.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:55 PM
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Well, I cleaned up down there as best I could and ran the truck and you can see the drop of fresh oil hanging off the lip of the pan under the pulley. I did not notice any fresh oil anywhere else even on the cooler. How can u tell if the turbo o-rings are leaking? Can tou see this from the top or can I reach back there and feel for it? If it is the pan gasket I may just live with it for a while. The turbo o-rings maybe more do-able.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:12 PM
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the front of the oil pan can be cleaned real good and u can use black permatex and fill in the whole area mting the pan to the timing cover. It look crappy but it worked on one of mine.
The rear is touger to see. Clean the area with degreaser ad rinse with a hose, I used a small extendabl mirror and look from the bottom(drivers side to the top) With a small but quality flashlight you can see a lot up there. You can also look from top wit the mirror getting behind the turbo. Look to see if oil is in the valley. ARe you famiar with the weaphole in th block that drains to the starter area?
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:55 PM
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I just had my oil pan replaced because it was rusting out on the bottum. I guess the primer (or lack of) that ford used on my 99.5 350 was sub par at the least and is a common problem.

I think if you are getting leaking from the top of the pan dripping down it is either turbo ped. rings or HPOP rings. Try to clean the valley really good with some purple power or the like and then drive for a little while. get your light our and see where in the valley it is leaking. If it is in the front of the valley it is most likely something in your HPOP. If it is puddling in the middle or back it is prob. turbo. Very rarely have I heard the rear main seal going bad...though the dealer likes to say that is the leak. High hour job.
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The valley is totally dry. Never had a drop of oil in there. Now I can't see all the way to the back of the valley but I park with the nose downhill so one would think if there was oil pooling towards the back some would find it's way forward but I will make no assumption.
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Where do you find all of these orings and special permetex for the oil pan? Is these beter stuff to use? I am getting ready to pull the motor and replace the oil pan. I figure while it is out I might as well go through it all.
Any other ideas on what would be good to look at or replace while it is out? It's a PMR motor. I found factory rods for $500 and head studs for $650
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Tony
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