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Penryn
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9/18/2004
18:01:00

Subject: Oil leak.. help, please.
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The last month has been a nightmare with my truck. Now, I've got a serious problem.

I've got a really bad oil leak. The oil is running down near the back of the engine, near (but not from) the oil filter. It runs inbetween the engine and where the transmission bolts up.

When I drive, the leak gets worse, oil drips and leaves a trail on the street while I drive. Cloud of white smoke because what's on there is burning, all that good stuff. It's parked for good now, of course.

Any idea where this might be coming from. I can't see it on top and on bottom it's just a running drip. Could the seal on the oil pan/block be bad?

Thanks,
Richard
1995 3.9L



Penryn
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9/18/2004
18:23:13

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Alright, well, it must be the main seal. Sigh.. girlfriend had to move into an apartment with no garage for me to work on this. Anyone in CA know where you can rent a decent sized jack?



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9/18/2004
22:26:13

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Oil pan leaks generally don't burn and make a lot of smoke. Also, oil pan leaks are pretty uncommon. I wouldn't jump to that or a rear main seal too quickly. Look for the easy stuff first.

If it's running down the side of the block, it must be coming from above. Most likely a valve cover, but could also be intake manifold. It could also be the distributer shaft seal. Could also be a head gasket, but that's kind of a stretch.

Clean the engine really well with plenty of degreaser and water. Clean it a couple of times to be sure it's absolutly grease and oil fee. The sprinkle some corn starch around the suspect areas. With the engine running, watch all the white corn starch. When it turns dark, you've found the leak.



Penryn
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9/19/2004
02:26:15

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It's not just leaking, it's running. It leaves a trail of oil when I drive. It's coming from the rear, where the engine meets the transmission.

I'm going to take it to have it looked at on Monday, so they can make the diagnosis. If it's the rear main.... I don't know. I may see if a donation organization will give me a receipt for market value ($2500).



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9/19/2004
23:12:26

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A leaking rear main seal would not cause a cloud of white smoke, it would just leave a puddle where ever you have been. It sounds to me like your valve cover gaskets are leaking or the bolts that hold the covers on have come loose. Before you have the truck towed to a shop check your bolts on the valve covers and see if they are loose. Better yet, clean your motor off and get a new set of valve cover gaskets and put them in. This wont cost you much money and you can do it in a parking lot if you have to.



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9/20/2004
01:30:52

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If its getting on the catalytic converter it would smoke. you can also purchase leak test kits at auto parts stores. it has an ultraviolet dye that shows up under blacklight. put the stuff in the oil, an turn on the engine, shine blacklight at the engine, it'll show where the leak is coming from.



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11/03/2004
07:19:38

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I also have same leak ,would the dealer cover it on a 2003



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11/03/2004
11:27:23

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The dealer should cover it under warranty LouNY. How bad is it and what engine do you have?



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11/06/2004
00:28:17

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If the gasket between the rear of the intake and the cylinder block is bad,oil will come out at a good rate. Use a straightend out tie wrap and see if you can insert it between the manifold and the block. Check in the corners where the block,head and manifold join. I have seen these gaskets come out completely. Some were made of foam gasket material. They didn't work to well. The oil would eat the foam and turn it to goo. Dan



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11/06/2004
09:46:11

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went to the dealer to do the windshield wiper motor recall so i mentioned the leak, he said he would have to put a dye in the system and if wasent a factory problem that i would have to pay for the checking process. so i let him do the recall and i left the dealer without letting him check the leak.



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4/18/2016
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Have an oil leak on block above the oil filter on my 2003, 3.9 L
V6 Dodge Dakota, but lose sight when it gets to exhaust
manifold. Ran UV tracing dye through motor and which reveals
a clear oil line coming down to oil filter, but can't pinpoint the
source. VC gaskets are fine, but visibility on oil sending unit
and rear intake manifold are severely limited. Just replaced oil
sending unit and distributor O ring, but when I ran fingers
around oil sending unit, did have a light amount of oil/dye on it.
Is that the source or is the intake manifold a more likely
location?



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4/11/2020
18:15:02

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I have a leak on my 2002 dodge Dakota V6 3.9 right where the
oil pan meets the transmission. Is a small but constant leak. I
what gasket problem parts need to be replaced?



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