Leaking oil???

jturn422

New Member
I have a 96 3.8 leaking oil from somewhere...I put a brand new motor in it last summer...I only have around 12000 miles on it...Everything is new under the hood except the transmission..I just recently changed the oil pan drain plug thinking it was that. It looks like its coming from there....Please help
 

97mustangblue

New Member
I have the same thing, i found it to be coming from the oil plug so i replaced it...a couple of weeks later it started leaking from the new plug even though it is tight.. good luck man
 

97vert3.8

New Member
I have all kinds of problems with my drain plug. If you dont put it in just right it will leak. Good luck, oil leaks are a pain in the ass :)
 

DEstang

Why So Serious?
pan gasket, valve seal, could be coming from the crank seal and running to the back of the oil pan, dipstick tube, oil pump assembly/oil filter seal...

Obviously the drain plug is going to look like it's leaking because the the closest point to the ground. All the oil will run to the plug, than drip off of it.
 

jturn422

New Member
Thanks I will look into those....my dad is in Michigan and I just recently moved to NC...these shops are trying to take advantage of me cause I am a woman...I know alot about cars but this one stumped me



pan gasket, valve seal, could be coming from the crank seal and running to the back of the oil pan, dipstick tube, oil pump assembly/oil filter seal...

Obviously the drain plug is going to look like it's leaking because the the closest point to the ground. All the oil will run to the plug, than drip off of it.
 

DEstang

Why So Serious?
best of luck :thumbup:

You could also look into an engine oil dye or "leak detection dye." Make sure you get dye suitable for oil, as there are dyes made for different fluids in a car (i.e brake, coolant, oil, fuel, clutch, differential, trans). This along with a UV or black light will help you pinpoint oil in areas hardly visable with natural light and your eyes. Make sure to throughly clean the engine with a type of degreaser or spraying the underside of the engine with brake/carb cleaner usually works fine for bottom end oil leaks.
 

jturn422

New Member
Thanks I may just drive to Michigan during Thanksgiving to have my father look at it...Some of these shops are full of sh**
 

jturn422

New Member
Ok I need help again...drove to Michigan to get my car fixed....Me and my dad replaced the intake gaskets first and put everything back together now I am not leaking oil but I am leaking water...any ideas where that is coming from...getting ready to take everything apart again and see whats going on
 

x42bnx

Demon Inside
Are you sure that you are leaking water? Or it isn't AC Condensation (That is if you are using AC)

Check your overflow tank, radiator cap & ask a shop to pressure test the radiator. If there are leaks somewhere else, then the pressure will drop over time. Also check hoses.
 

jturn422

New Member
Fixed the water leak...had to put in new manifold gaskets...again....and change a hose...dont ask...lol but guess what I am still leaking oil...I am getting frustrated...changed the oil pan gasket, manifold gaskets, oil plug, and everything else except the main seal but that is a one piece and I dont think that would be it...ERRR
 

00stangWA

V6 Owner
incase it wasnt already said, are you sure the oil pan isnt stripped out? Meaning the threads where the drain plug threads into?
 

taylor0987

New Member
i am not trying to be rude, but you really need to take a step back and methodically troubleshoot the problem rather than just guessing and buying more parts.

1. thoroughly clean the engine (use engine degreaser and your hose, or do it at a car wash)
2. drive the car
3. use a very bright flashlight and inspect everywhere on the engine where oil could be possibly leaking

like death by spray said, you can also use dye in the oil and a uv light
http://autorepair.about.com/od/otherodddiyjobs/a/findleaks_2.htm
 

jturn422

New Member
I tried to find a part store with the dye for the oil and no one in NC knows what the heck I am talking about...They said they have it for everything else except oil

I tried everything you said Taylor0987 but still cant see it...Maybe I can buy the dye for the oil online
 
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