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Old 12-27-2012, 09:40 AM
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Oil leak... Maybe found Culprit?

Hey guys, i have been lurking these forums for about 6 months now- just got my first diesel and now am having my first issue! LOL... Hoping you guys can help....

Details:
1999 Ford F350 7.3
350k miles
Extended Cab Long Bed
Auto Transmission
2WD

My issue is this, I started noticing puddles of oil under the truck after being parked. I went out one morning to finally check on the leak and there was very little oil left on the dipstick. I have been struggling to locate the leak... I believe i may have found the culprit, but not sure... Does this look like a part that could pretty much completely drain the oil over a course of a few weeks? (this is a shot taken from the drivers side of the engine bay) This was the highest point covered in oil (i'm assuming this is it since oil leaks down)




Also, there is a little oil puddle near the turbo... is that really bad? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!



Thanks again guys! I hope to get this truck back up asap, as it is my work horse!
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:05 AM
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I'm gonna say No....

First pic, of those hoses (either fuel or Power Steering), certainly isn't carrying engine oil.

Second pic, inlet with oil in it is actually perfectly normal, unfortunately, (you should consider what's called the "CCV Mod" to eliminate that).

As for engine oil leaks - Here's an interesting video, BUT I have to warn you about this guy,,,, he makes Great Videos, that Does NOT make him infallible though. He's got some really GOOFY theories (not about this though) So, don't take him as your Guru, as many do Confirm his advice on anything else he says

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Edit: I had another thought... Look up from underneath, below the exhaust manifold, you'll see a large round "tube". That is your Oil Cooler. See if the leak could be originating there and blowing back & down onto those hoses maybe.

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thanks for the help! I watched those videos and have checked those areas... There is a lot of sludge on the top corner of the oil pan so i sprayed degreaser all over. I am letting it sit, then washing it off and re-inspecting everything!
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The truck only seems to be leaking when its running... and the oil seems to be coming from some lines near where the water pump is... are those oil lines?
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Oil Leak...PROBLEM SOLVED.

LOL... PROBLEM SOLVED.......

It was a loose oil filter. Tightened it... Leak stopped.

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Old 01-11-2013, 02:55 PM
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keep an eye on it. looks suspiciously like my oil cooler leak did.
tricky job to fix alone. tough to reach both ends at once to line it up
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