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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2005 Taurus SE
Vulcan OHV Engine