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Is this normal or just bad luck?

I have had my 7.3 for 2 years and put about 25k miles on it. In that time below are the fluid leaks that I have dealt with:

1) turbo pedistal o-rings, pulled turbo fixed that.
2) dip stick tube leaking at oil pan, had that o-ring replaced and sealed
3) oil pan leaking at back of engine, did not fix this because was gonna cost 1500 to have the engine pulled
---ended up having to put a used engine in due to being dusted. all that within the first 8 months
4) high pressure oil pump leak, got that fixed
5) transmission cooler leak, new cooler fixed that

Now I am leaking oil again. Not in valley but running down back side of engine, maybe valve cover?

all of these leaks appear to be common based on searching this forum for help with the repairs. But is it common for the same vehicle to have all these leaks?

And can i say that it drives me CRAZY when I see fluid under my truck. Between all these leaks I would subconsciously look under my truck every time I parked and got in it. Drives me crazy! In all my years of vehicles, never had this type of problem.

2nd, any tips on current oil leak? After a fresh oil change I don't notice it, however after a thousand or so miles I see it. Been changing my oil more frequently (3K miles) due to this.

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Id say check the valve covers.
They're kinda a stiff rubber/plastic that tend to leak a decent amount of times.
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I've had all your leaks except the tranny cooler. They are all common, at least most I'd then are just O-rings.

For your current one, there are plugs an the front and rear of the heads for the high pressure oil rail. They are o-ring also. that's probably your problem. Take an inspection mirror and look at the rear of the head, hard to miss, they are pretty big.

Look at They have a repair kit.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-03-2013, 06:37 AM
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look at the actuating rod (ebpv rod) that protrudes from the pedestal.

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