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Chasing oil leak

Okay so being as OCD as I am, I came out one day and noticed a drop of oil. No biggie I thought; itís a 15 year old truck Iím due for a leak. I let it ride for a couple of months and the spot started getting bigger until after a trip to Virginia I noticed it dripping while its running. So I get under it and as usual dripping on passenger side over starter and down back of bell housing. Looked in Valley and seen wet oil. Looked for leeks didnít see any so I started digging into her. Thought it might be the oil drain pipe from the turbo, no dice. Pulled turbo and here is what the valley looked like.
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Any ideas or pointers? Also does anyone have a trick to getting the turbo pedestal off with out removing the oil filter housing? Thanks in advance!

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Based on the intake manifold crossover piece back there, i'm guessing early model 04? If so, those ICP sensors are prone to leaking. Fortunately, with your turbo off, it should be easier to spot and change if that's the issue.

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A side point is that it appears to be a lot of soot on your intake, below your turbo-to-y pipe flange. If you get that sealed, it should run better. Check your oil pressure sender for leakage.


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Based on the intake manifold crossover piece back there, i'm guessing early model 04? If so, those ICP sensors are prone to leaking. Fortunately, with your turbo off, it should be easier to spot and change if that's the issue.

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I checked the ICP sensor and IPR on the top back of the motor behind where the turbo mounts. They are both dry as a bone. I have oil in my valley just not sure if this is where the leak is coming from. Iím trying to clean everything up but I still canít find the culprit.

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A side point is that it appears to be a lot of soot on your intake, below your turbo-to-y pipe flange. If you get that sealed, it should run better. Check your oil pressure sender for leakage.


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When you say oil pressure sender is that the same as the oil pressure sensor that is on top of the engine behind the oil filter housing?

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BackhoeBill,

When you say oil pressure sender is that the same as the oil pressure sensor that is on top of the engine behind the oil filter housing?


Yes. My sender was leaking, so once I replaced it, it is much easier keeping my engine clean. Vivian from Quick Tricks posted a video of oil shooting up to the open hood from that sensor. So, I guess it isnít that uncommon. Mine just stayed wet always from the sender to the rear of the engine.


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Did you see the oil leak out of the turbo as you pulled it? You have oil on top of the turbo pedestal that may lead me to believe it's leaking there. Also, I found it very difficult to get the turbo drain tube aligned with the turbo, so perhaps it was something like that.

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Did you see the oil leak out of the turbo as you pulled it? You have oil on top of the turbo pedestal that may lead me to believe it's leaking there. Also, I found it very difficult to get the turbo drain tube aligned with the turbo, so perhaps it was something like that.


Thatís just where the oil drained out once I lifted of the tube.

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Okay status update;

Cleaned everything and dried all the oil up. Canít pin point where itís coming from. Tighten up all the valve cover bolts, checked glow plugs and block heater for leakage ( none found ). Figured I would put it all back together, and watch it run for a while to see if I can see where it starts.

Two questions;

1) During reassembly my pigtail that goes to my oil pressure sensor (oil sending unit) came off. By came off I mean at the wiring harness. Not really sure if I need it because my understanding is it just controls the idiot gage on the dash. I read pressure from my Programer. Can anyone tell me where on the wiring harness it splices into?

2) Does anyone know if the 6.0ís have the oil drain plug on the back of the heads like the 7.3ís?

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Chasing oil leak

Status update two;

Yes the wiring to the oil pressure sensor (oil sending unit) did make my idiot gage lay flat but......... it also gave me a red check gage light on the dash so thatís a NO GO! Iíve got to find out where I wire that thing back into the wiring harness because that check gage light will drive me nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone have any ideas where that thing splices into the harness at?

On a GOOD note she fired right up without hesitation. I installed that ICP relocation kit while I was in there and I thought maybe it would have to purge some of the air out of the hose but she fired right up. So now it takes about 30 seconds to change my ICP.

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