The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.
Car Problem Reports
Ford Taurus Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak
Ford Taurus Problem
Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 3.4L V8 SHO, 3.8L V6
Average Mileage: 109,379 mi (13,680 mi - 354,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 214,533 mi
oil pan leak, EZ fix, 20$ part and for anyone doing it yourself YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PULL THE EXHAUST, take loose the oil pump (not off) and the pan will drop down. 9 f/lbs torque to reinstall, do NOT overtighten. 2 hour job at the MOST with NO air tools and jackstands, the old fashioned way :)
Visitor, 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 145,000 mi
Engine oil pan gasket leaking.Replace gasket.
Visitor, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 135,000 mi
The oil started leaking like a flood, it was the oil pan gasket and an expensive repair.. now just a few months later, I have the exact same problem. Leaks about a quart of oil every 30 miles driven.. when the mechanic put it up on the hoist, we could see a large portion of the gasket pushed right out from the pan...
Visitor, 1999 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6
Every gasket on this car leaks. Sometimes really bad and sometimes just a little. Oil Pan,Transmission Pan, Water Pump and Thermostat Housing, Valve Covers and I'm sure other things I haven't found yet. Mileage is 103,000. Car looks nice abd runs well as long as I keep cleaning and filling fluids all the time. I'm sorry I bought it.
Visitor, 2003 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 75,907 mi
oil leaking cost 253.28
Visitor, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 112,000 mi
$400 later and waiting for next mechanical problem.
Visitor, 2000 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 62,140 mi
We noticed a burning smell when we shut the engine down. Ford said the oil pan was leaking and they would charge $288 to fix it. $210 of that is labor which sounds a little high.
Minor amount of leaking on oil pan gasket
Visitor, 2003 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 93,000 mi
Not visible , small leak burns off on exhaust manifold
Visitor, 2007 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 52,000 mi
small leak, notice few drops at first, then size of a golf ball overnight, down a quart every 3000 miles