Originally Posted by SuperDuty1
I have a 01' F250 Powerstroke with 89,000 miles. In the last 10,000 miles I notice a small oil leak, nothing much in the beging. Just kinda of wet on both sides of the oil pan. Well it has gradually gotton worse, now everytime I park the truck it will leave a spot of oil a little bigger than half dollar size. I took it in to the dealer to have it check. They could not determine were it was coming from, so they put some dye in the oil and tokd me to drive it for about 100 miles. Well it was about 1000 miles before I had time to get it back. They are now saying it is the head gaskets leaking, and that they need replace. They told me that this was a common problem with 01' model, because the head bolts did not get torqued correctly at factory. I just can't see it being the head gaskets, I have owned the truck since new. It has never run hot or been abused. Has anyone else ever heard of this?
ive only seen 2 7.3's leak oil from the head gaskets and i think they are probabably wrong. i have a few things i want you to check. open the hood, get a flashlight.....and look into the vally of the motor. if you look over the passanger side turbo tube at the base of the turbo you can see a hole in the block at the backside of the valley of the motor. look there first and see if it is wet. if it is, the oil leaves the valley by design out that hole and can run down both heads and even into your trans's bellhousing. if its wet there.....your leak is something on top of the motor. it is a common mistake to mistake oil leaks as being lower when they actually come from up top. note the places you see oil....and how far towards the front of the motor there is puddles of oil in the valley.
if your motor is leaking there....spray the heck out of the top with de-greaser and take it to a car wash.....blow it off VERY thouroghly.....the cleaner the better. drive it home....and check immediately for oil on anything. if there was oil at the very front of the vally, check the two fittigs on the high pressure pump, just to the drivers side and barely below the fuel filter housing......a lot of the times when these leak you can watch oil come out with a warm engine running......there is alos a plug on the back of that pump that can leak and it takes a small mirror to check. if these are not leaking......try tightening the two hose clamps on each of the orange tubes that go from your charge air intake to the heads.....these are known to loossen up over time and seap some oil. if there is only fresh oil on the turbocharger base or the block where the pedestal for the turbo.....the o rings in the turbo oil system are leaking.
I know this is a ton if info.....if you need any help or have any questions during it....PM me and ill give ya my phone number for further explanation.....but i doubt your heads are leaking.........Marc