Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak on Ford Windstar

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.

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Average mileage: 166,617 (120,000–198,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.8L V6
7 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more2000, 2002, 2003
20 people reported this problem
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1998 Ford Windstar 175,000 mi,
oil pan gaskets frt and rear oil pan seals slipped out causing oil leak . replace pan gasket and seals
1997 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 120,000 mi,
front lip of gasket gone bad,pipe too close pan
I noticed that the oil always seemed to be on the last quart or less within a short time after getting an oil change. The oil was low in less than 30 days. Ford should reach out to car owners with this problem and fix it.According to what I've heard, the gasket in the oil pan may the the issue. I don't notice any oil stains in the driveway, but the oil is always near empty...?!?!?!?! I'm tired of it!
1996 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 164,000 mi,
oil pan gasket leaks
1995 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 196,000 mi,
Oil leak around front oil pan. No fix yet.
2003 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 164,789 mi,
Almost ran out of oil one day to discover a oil pan gasket leak. A very dangerous and annoying problem.
2000 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 158,000 mi,
Oil consumption has increased of late. Appears gasket leaking
1995 Ford Windstar - 3.8L V6 190,000 mi,
Just discovered a very small oil leak under the front end of the van. Noticed in the last week a 'burning' smell...like plastic almost not really burnt oil smelling. Yesterday notice a slight rattle under the front end while in idle. All of the symptoms point to either and oil filter/pan gasket, or exhaust manifold/gasket or both. In any event, they're minor fixes considering the age of the car and mileage. More of an inconvenience than anything else, but definitely an investment towards the life of my car.