I own a 2003 Ford Taurus with the 3.0 Vulcan Engine. Occasionally when stopped and with the heater running I smell an odor like burning oil It kind of smells like when you spill oil on hot manifold. I took the car to a local shop and they have replaced the gaskets to the valve cover and said they corrected a miss-routed hose for the transmission. I questioned the miss-routed hose to the transmission, I was told that the hose was connected wrong and that transmission fluid was coming out of the transmission dip stick.
I spend approximately $500.00 dollars and the issue is not resolved. At this point I refuse to take the car back to the same shop. I canít afford to pay for the shop in question to guess at the problem of the issue and keep charging me.
With that said, has anyone encountered this issue? I did search the forum on this site and seen various things. I am just curious if this is a common issue with the later model Taurus. I currently have 106,000 mile on my car.
Any feedback is appreciated.
I had that same issue when I first got my 02 with the Vulcan - Mine happened to be the oil pan gasket - And like you, it was only at lights, and intermittent. When they took off the old one, it wasn't quite paper thin but darned close (Skimpy Ford!) - The new one is like 5x as thick and seems a better quality gasket. I think it was around $20 at Autozone, and after it was replaced the smell was gone!
Hope this can help you in some way!
2002 Taurus SE - 3.0 Vulcan, 133600+ miles; new tie rods, ball joints, rear struts, sway bar links on driver's side. Planning on adding a spoiler, tint, and a new paint job (Burnt Sienna). Updated as completed!
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