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Old 01-26-2012, 08:38 AM
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Bad Oil leak

I have a real bad oil leak (2000 PSD) not sure when it started but it was some time in the last few days.
Truck lost power today and I limped home. The way it was acting I assumed it was the Turbo. Opened my hood to find oil on top of the engine and leaking real bad under the engine. There is about a qt in the valley and it is dripping on the driveway (not sure how much). It wasn't pouring out but is was dripping very rapidly and running down the length of my transmission and various other area's under the engine.
Needless to say that when I put oil back in it was a couple qts low.
Could this be my Turbo or is it something else?
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:31 AM
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Could be coming from Several places, if it's not obvious from looking with a good, strong, light, you need to do a clean-up first and see where it starts appearing first.

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:15 AM
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Thanks for that link NoRalPh
that really helped with giving me an idea of where the problem might be.
the first part is really all I needed to watch to get an understanding of what could be wrong. The drain hole in the valley would explain why the oil is all over the place under the engine (I didn't even know there was a drain hole in there) Now a lot of it makes since. All that oil had me freaked out, thought my engine was toast.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:29 PM
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Well after cleaning out the valley I ran the truck and found a steady drip of oil coming out of the HPOP. (just to confirm the HPOP is located below the fuel filter)
It is very hard for me to see if any oil is coming out below the turbo. What would be a good way to check this out.
It is hard for me to believe all that oil came out from that one spot. Unless it has been leaking for quite some time
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:27 PM
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After cleaning out the oil I found an extra dip stick located in the back corner to the left of the turbo in the valley.
If this is suppose to be here please forgive my ignorance. I think someone plugged the drain hole with it and I cannot reach in there to pull it. This would explain why the oil pooled up in the valley. Please let me know
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:35 PM
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That't pretty funny. I guess someone wanted to sell a "non leaking" 7.3. Get yourself a oring kit and non serviceable plug from dieselorings.com. You'll also need the fuel bowl kit. Its not hard to change out, I did them both today. Or you could do what I'm doing.... Change every oring out in the engine bay.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:57 PM
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Wow. Amazing what some people do to mask a problem.
Read up on the HEUI system. You'll see then that you were lucky to only use that little amount of oil compared to some others, like me, have lost.
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yeah I thought that was a strange place for the dip stick.

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After finding that dipstick I can assume the oil had been leaking for awhile before saw any real signs of the leak. Probably why it looked so bad when it spilled over
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