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I have a oil leak coming out like Niagara falls where the crank pulley is.

What part would cause the leak, and how much am I looking at to get it fixed.

here is a picture of the leak.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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You're going to need a new oil pan gasket it looks like.

Probably anywhere from 200-400 bucks to get someone to fix it.
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either the oil pan gasket or the front oil seal behind the crank.
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Oil pan has to come off, its not fun.

Suggest you not drive the car though.
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dude, make sure it isn't the front main seal. the front main is a lot easier to replace than the pan gasket. you could also try to tighten up the pan bolts - that may buy ya some time.
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Well its gonna have to get to a repair shop some how. Why wouldn't you suggest driving it anywhere.

Is it a job that one could do thereself, or better a shop do it.

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Originally Posted by jessemachone View Post
dude, make sure it isn't the front main seal. the front main is a lot easier to replace than the pan gasket. you could also try to tighten up the pan bolts - that may buy ya some time.
... with the location of where it is at it can be either one. my money is on the front main seal as i said earlier
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A severe leak is more likely an oil seal. The harmonic damper has to come out and the seal is in the front cover. Also check the seal surface on the damper for a grove worn in it. If there is a groove there is a repair sleeve that will fix that.

Unless you are fairly experienced it would be better to let a shop fix it.
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Originally Posted by RFM 40th V6 View Post
You're going to need a new oil pan gasket it looks like.

Probably anywhere from 200-400 bucks to get someone to fix it.
it will probably be more. the motor has to be lifted or K-member dropped.


where its leaking it could be the timing cover seal or the oil pan to timing cover. its actually easier and less work to remove the timing cover and re-seal it. there is no actual oil pan gasket. its just RTV and the back has a rubber strip. With removing my turbo, power sterring, water pump, and timing cover then installing everything back in, its about a 5hour job. with out a turbo probably 4maybe?
if its the timing cover seal same process is not required
simply just remove the harmonic balancer, remove the worn/bad seal and install the new one.
thats only about a 1 hour job
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To help find the leak you should buy a can of degreaser or brake cleaner and clean everything you see and rinse it with water. Then start it up and get under the car to see if you can find the leak.
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would it be safe enough to put some high temp rtv sealant on it to stop it leaking?

I won't be able to get to a shop until monday afternoon.
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Originally Posted by Stang187 View Post
would it be safe enough to put some high temp rtv sealant on it to stop it leaking?

I won't be able to get to a shop until monday afternoon.
It won't hurt to try that, but it likely won't help.

It could be leaking around the pan to block seam, from the front oil seal, or possibly from the front cover gasket. If it's leaking just around the oil pan the RTV might help, otherwise probably not. If you do try the RTV clean the area with solvent (such as lacquer thinner) before applying the RTV.
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Yeah I thought it would of helped but it didnt. It seemed it did not leak at all until I applied more gas(WOT). The leak seems like its coming from crank pulley where it goes in. Its kind of obvious since the oil is flung all over the place on other engine parts.

Not to mention I have had oil leaks in the past from this mustang, a few years ago it leaked from this spot somewhere and it came to be there was sand stuck in there and made it leak making me replace something that was around $400.

I'm thinking its probably going to be the same thing as before, as I think of it about a week ago I went through muddy sand, and deep puddles as I couldnt avoid them.

Mustangs arent mud/water friendly.
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the front main seal isnt that hard to replace just have to get the right tools.
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you should look at getting some of this TPD-TP3090-0601 Dye-Lite® by Tracer Products® (6) 1 oz. Bottles Gasoline Engine Oil Dye - tooldesk.com this dye you pour in your oil and take a special light which the site sells and it shows where the leak is coming from. It is really handy. I would try that before you do anything so you know exactly where it is and what it is.


Unless your sure where it is coming from, but a 20 dollar bottle just to make sure and maybe save some money because you replace the wrong seal. Idk i just figured if you wanted to make sure here is an option. Whatever it is just make sure to keep watchin your oil level.
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