Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak on Ford Taurus

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 111,715 (13,680–354,000)
Engines affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 3.0L V6 SHO, 3.4L V8 SHO, 3.8L V6
19 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014
214 people reported this problem
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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 :)
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...
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.
Not visible , small leak burns off on exhaust manifold
Engine oil pan gasket leaking.Replace gasket.
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.
this car has been nothing but a problem from the day we bought new.
Minor amount of leaking on oil pan gasket
small leak, notice few drops at first, then size of a golf ball overnight, down a quart every 3000 miles
$400 later and waiting for next mechanical problem.
Was told by Ford I have an oil pan leak, have not had the money to get fixed yet. They kill you with labor.
Car has a huge leak underneath causing my car to smoke. Told it was coming from oil pan gasket and crank pulley.
Oil leak on starter
oil leaking cost 253.28
oil pan gasket leaks on to exhaust
Leaking oil out oil pan gasket. Gasket replaced, problem seems to be solved.
oil leak in oil pan gasket leaking onto manfolds smoking
oil pan leak. plastic filler cracked behind starter, have to pull exaust y pipe. tried the oil pump trick no good ...what a pain in the butt
The oil pan gasket leaked. Cost $350 to replace. Next day the engine light came on. Still dealing with that.
Oil leak. Technician that did the last oil change ( a month ago) said that the oil pan gasket was most likely the problem.