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.Google+
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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: 110,228 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, 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, 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, 145,000 mi
Engine oil pan gasket leaking.Replace gasket.
Visitor, 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 50,000 mi
this car has been nothing but a problem from the day we bought new.
Visitor, 2003 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 93,000 mi
Not visible , small leak burns off on exhaust manifold
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, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 112,000 mi
$400 later and waiting for next mechanical problem.
Minor amount of leaking on oil pan gasket
Visitor, 2003 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 75,907 mi
oil leaking cost 253.28
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.