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Old 11-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a problem with my 2005 ford Taurus sel (flex fuel engine). I am leaking oil but I am not sure if my oil pan gasket is the culprit. I have oil leaking on my starter and all over the oil pan and various other parts. to me I think it's the oil pan gasket! do any one else have any one else have any ideas? and a guess on how much it would cost labor wise to fix. i know the gasket costs about 20.00

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First thing I would check is that the oil filter is on correctly and the last time the oil was changed the gasket didnt stay on the block. I changed my oil 2 weeks ago and the filter gasket seperated, staying on the block. Had I not known to look for that(pretty common), it would have leaked.
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I agree 100% if it is leaking on the starter, there is a good chance that it is the oil filter thats leaking. Like John said, you could have the old oil filter gasket still on and causing the leak.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The starter is above the oil pan, so a leaking pan gasket wont soak the starter with oil. Check the oil filter and also the oil pressure sender for leaks.
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Cross your fingers for the filter! A pan gasket change will require lots of work due to exhaust pipes getting in the way (though by no means impossible). But always worth the time/effort to check for a cold before performing surgery
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Oil pan gasket performed at a shop would probably run ~$200-300 due to labor involved (lowering the exhaust y-pipe).
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That's why I did fix an oil pan leak with some
 oil-resistant RTV oil-resistant RTV
applied around the points that was leaking.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I want to thank you for all your advice. I went and got an oil change done and so far no leaks (yaaahhhhhhh).

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The oil pan on my 2005 Taurus seems to be leaking too. Once in a while it will leave a small spot of oil on the garage floor, about the size of a book of matches. When looking under the hood, the oil spot appears to line up perfectly with the oil filter which I thought was the source. After a recent oil change, I found an oil spot the next day that was twice as big as before. I have put my hand underneath the oil filter, both the new one and when the old one was installed, and didn't feel any oil dripping underneath it. Upon closer inspection today, I saw the seam where the oil pan meets up with the engine was soaked with oil. It must be seeping slowly underneath the starter where I can't see it from above. I did a search here and found that a leaking oil pan gasket is common on the Vulcan engine, even with low miles.

The oil on the seam doesn't bother me a whole lot as I consider a small amount normal. It's the puddles on the garage floor that bothers me. The oil spots, on average, appear about 2-3 times a month. Is this something I should ignore for now or does the gasket eventually need to be replaced?
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I dont think pan gaskets are normal for a Vulcan. Duratec, yes, because the cats and exhaust burn it.

Get it changed eventually. If you want, you can switch to a 5W-30 high mileage oil to slow the leak. If you don't have rust, it won't be too bad.

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