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O.k. guys here is the deal 96 PSD the oil leak began as a little drip, now its massive and has covered the underside of the truck, it seems to have originated near the left front of the engine. The leak seems to have soaked the fuel supply line connections, this seems to be where it is leaking the most, and since its so crammed in there right around the powersteering pump its nearly impossible to see.. Any ideas what it could be, I know it's going to be something stupid...

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There are 4 plugs on the motor. two on the front and two in the rear. the plugs are on the heads of the motor. To remove them it takes a half inch socket head to loosen them up. The front ones are harder to get to the the rears. They are a circle object that is threaded flush to the head. It is a simple fix once you get to them in the front. You can either get the replacement plugs from Ford or go to NAPA and get the replacment O-Rings. If you use the old plugs put some pipe tape on the threads. Let me know if you need anything else. This is a start and hope that this is your leak.
 

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More than likely an oil cooler o-ring failure. It is on the drivers side and is that cylindrical piece that the oil filter attaches to. It goes from the oil filter to the front of the engine. There are 2 sets of orings inside the end caps as well as a metal gasket on each end. It can be hard to detect but all of mine have leaked from the front. You really have to clean/degrease the area, then fire it up and you will see the leak.
 

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Bondsman, that was exactly my question, and you answered it.... I was curious, so i cleaned the heck out of it right after i changed the oil. and noticed the drip to begin there, at the cooler o-rings, i am purchashing the parts tommorow, and was wondering, about how much oil i will lose since i have 14 miles on the oil change, and will i lose all the coolant? any help would be greatly appreciated on this task.
 

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It is going to make a mess when you take it off. I think you are supposed to drain the coolant (but I never did). I always ended up changing my oil right after replacing the orings just because it was time. The oil cooler is a pain to remove. You have to unbolt the motor mount on the drivers side and jack the engine up a lil to get it out of there. Good luck.... I need to do the same thing on my 96. I've had the parts for months but it just sits (gonna be my 13y/o sons first truck so i have about 2.5 years to get it done.)
 

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I drained all of my antifreeze, but you still got some in the motor itself.Be sure to have a drain pan ready.I would change the oil again since the chance of contaiminating the oil with antifreeze is likely.That wont be good for the hpop and bearings.
 

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I agree with Diesel Tough. Drain the coolant anyway and you can reuse at least what you drain cleanly. As far as the oil well why not drain the oil pan first (can probably save maybe 8 quarts of clean oil to use later and save money, this will also minimize the oil spillage and make the job a lil cleaner...
 

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Guys thanks for the help!!! I just drained, and replaced all the oil and coolant anyway.... I love my ride too much to screw it up over penny pinching... I didnt have to raise the engine, The outer larger o-rings were literally hard as rocks.... replaced both of them and both gaskets, it wasn't hard, not easy either, it was time consuming cleaning everything real good, and getting the larger o-rings to seat required alot of vaseline and PB blaster, a press may have helped as well, other than that a success!!! no leaks!! Once again thanks alot!!

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No, i'm lazy, a long 3/8's extension with a dependale U-joint adapter got the bolts out of the two bolts out of the front housing and the rear was easy, no engine lifting no tire removal... Mine is 2wd, so that may have made it easer...
 
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