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best way to track down an oil leak?
my 00 7.3 leaks oil like the Exon Valdez. actually seems worse right after the truck is shut off. I can let it idle in my drive way for 15 minutes, no oil. shut it off, and oil starts to drip from it for a few minutes after the truck is turned off.
It is a substantial leak, about 2 quarts every tank of fuel. I have got up, looked around and i can't visibly see where it is coming from. did some searching and found it could be coming from numerous places like the HPOP, EBPV, or turbo pedistal just to name a few.
I am completely unsure of where any of these (other than the turbo or course) are located on my engine. i see the HPOP is around the fuel filter. i notice no oil around the front of the intake valley, so i assume it is not coming from there. there is oil trace on the rubber boots of the aluminum crossover tube between the two heads, but still not a collection in the valley. I can verify it is running down the back side of the block and dripping out of the tranny bell housing.
with most engines it seems there is usually a known culprit to problems such as this, but it appears with the 7.3, it is numerous culprits. any help to the best way to track it down, or at least exact locations of where each part is at and typical leaky location would be help full I need the truck to be running, but can't have it marking its territory every place i visit with a 10" oil puddle under it.
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