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Old 02-08-2011, 03:53 PM
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I clean my engine and check the fluids every single week.lol. I just went out tonight to clean my small oil leak off the oil pan.
Nice. Yeah I'm going to Walmart tonight to pick up some brake cleaner and some other stuff I need as well and hopefully, when we get some good weather, I'll be able to get under there and do this. Today I went to Wawa and looked under neath and found small spots of oil. Not that much I would say about a quarter size times 2. No trans fluid leak though (thank god). But do see some on the seal when I was underneath it last night so might have to get that replaced by a mechanic or something. But again, not big puddles so it should be okay for now.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:27 PM
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Okay, so I went outside today to remote start the truck and see where the droppings are from. Didn't find anything oil dropping now but when saw two small dots of it on the ground. Could possibly come from the end of the oil pan beginning of trans case? Also there was a small spot of oil that seem to where the oil filter is at. maybe that spot the oil filter is not tighten all the way or the drain thing for the filter has a little bit of oil on it from spilling come in there when I went to do the oil change. So any help to what the two small spots could be and anyway to fix it would be great. Thank you!
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:31 PM
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Usually if it's coming from the rear of the oil pan, like the gasket, or the rear main seal, it will run down the pan, which is very visible. If you don't see anything above the drain hole, then either your drain plug may not be tight enough, or your plug washer could be toast like mine. As a rule of thumb the washer should not extend out past the lip of the drain plug. If so, it's been overtightened.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:40 PM
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Now that you mentioned it, I really do not know if there is any above the drain hole. If it's above, then what? And if not, either the plug itself or the washer?
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:03 PM
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There may be a little above the drain hole, but that's because of gravity. If it's all the way up to the spot where the trans torque converter cover plate touches the oil pan lip, then it could very well likely be your oil pan gasket. If it's not far above the oil drain plug, then it will probably be your drain gasket. Take a look and see how it looks. If the edges of the washer look rounded, then it's too tight. But if the edges look flat, then it's snug and okay.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:26 PM
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There may be a little above the drain hole, but that's because of gravity. If it's all the way up to the spot where the trans torque converter cover plate touches the oil pan lip, then it could very well likely be your oil pan gasket. If it's not far above the oil drain plug, then it will probably be your drain gasket. Take a look and see how it looks. If the edges of the washer look rounded, then it's too tight. But if the edges look flat, then it's snug and okay.
Okay, went outside again and looked underneath. The oil pain has a layer of oil on it but has been cleaned back awhile ago. So half the oil pan well not half but quarter where the plug is, is darker than the rest but no biggie on this. Now I looked where the pan ends and the transfer case begins? I think? Anyways saw some fresh oil that looks like it's about to drop but isn't. Could this be the rear main seal? And if so GREAT (sarcasm)! But I'm going to clean it off probably tomorrow or this weekend with some brake cleaner and maybe "maybe" use some silicone. Don't know where to put it but heard other people I know said to get the kit instead of the silicone seal...
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:00 PM
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Your truck doesn't have a transfer case. You're probably looking at the space where the back of the engine meets the transmission. Anyways, don't start thinking rear main seal, because often times, that's not the problem. That only becomes the problem when you overfill the engine with oil, or maybe when the vehicle is 20 years old and that seal breaks down. Worst case scenario, it's the back side of your oil pan gasket, which means you'll have to drop the pan and slip on a new gasket. But it doesn't seem to be that hard on a 3.0 IIRC, so don't sweat it. Did you inspect the drain plug washer to look for rounded edges and cracks?
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Your truck doesn't have a transfer case. You're probably looking at the space where the back of the engine meets the transmission. Anyways, don't start thinking rear main seal, because often times, that's not the problem. That only becomes the problem when you overfill the engine with oil, or maybe when the vehicle is 20 years old and that seal breaks down. Worst case scenario, it's the back side of your oil pan gasket, which means you'll have to drop the pan and slip on a new gasket. But it doesn't seem to be that hard on a 3.0 IIRC, so don't sweat it. Did you inspect the drain plug washer to look for rounded edges and cracks?
Yes and that looked normal to me. Maybe it could just be my oil filter drainer thing. I really don't know but I didn't overfill my oil (dip stick says half) so that's good. Checked trans fluid and that's good. Maybe it's just dirty from all the oil changes (possibly the oil filter drainer) as in the oil running down and hitting some parts. Again I don't know. But as long as it's not spewing puddles of oil on the ground I think I'm good.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:49 PM
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Next time you change the oil just stick a rag down there and clean off that drain thing. For now just keep an eye on your oil level and make sure it stays within range.
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Next time you change the oil just stick a rag down there and clean off that drain thing. For now just keep an eye on your oil level and make sure it stays within range.
Nice will do. My oil needle stays right in the middle and the dip stick reads half so all is good and will definitely keep an eye on it. Thanks everyone for yall's help.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:04 AM
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Default Re: Oil leak? Visible trans fluid?

If it turns out that it looks like the oil pan is leaking, try checking the torque on the oil pan bolts. I've fixed oil leaks in the past by retightening the blots that had worked loose over time.
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