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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-21-2008, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Well, the past couple of days I have been getting pounded with snow, and my taurus hasn't had any major problems. I pulled the car into the driveway today, and I noticed there were some spots underneath the engine in the snow, which appeared to be some oil and anti-freeze. I've had the car since June, and I have checked under the car whenever I can to make sure there aren't any leaks, and I have never seen ANY liquid spots underneath the car. the spots were brown (oil) and yellow-green (anti-freeze), and they were only in the snow. The snow was high enough to where it would have been touching the bottom of the car, so I'm thinking that the snow just caught some excess fluids, but my dad swears there must be a leak. Anyone else experience this in the snow? Thanks for the input!
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The two possibilities for leaks under there would be a cracked coolant recovery tank and possibly an oil pan gasket leak.

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The oil spots could potentially be excess from around the filter if you had a recent oil change. But it's most likely a leak. Common leak areas are the pan gasket and the drain plug, and the oil filter if it was not installed right.

If you see coolant, it's definitely leaking somewhere. If you don't have the means to check for leaks right now (being pounded with snow and everything), then just keep an eye on both your oil level and coolant level. Both leaks are probably very slow. My pan gasket is leaking pretty good, but even then, I can still go a few thousand miles without adding.

In fact, even though there is enough oil leaking from my car that it has started to damage the asphalt outside of my mothers house, it still isn't leaking fast enough for Ford's specification of oil consumption (I believe it's 1 quart every 1500 miles or more, otherwise, they don't consider it "oil consumption." )

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