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Mercury Sable Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

Mercury Sable Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC

Average Mileage: 337,976 mi (13,500 mi - 12,780,060 mi)


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.

  •  Rookie

    Last year, during inspection, a note was placed on the report about the oil pan gasket leaking. This year, they say it needs replacing due to leaking and that that will cost $450. Is that a correct cost?

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Oil pan gasket leaks, bolts were checked but this didn't help. The gasket was replaced and the leaks have started again but not as bad. The original leaks started before 50K miles, fixed around 90K but started leaking again though not as bad.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    the pan gasket liked and was replaced

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 125,000 mi

    Why no recalls

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 50,000 mi

    Oil dripping onto garage floor after driving the vehicle and has a burnt oil smell while engine is still hot. Noticed the drips are going onto the exhaust. Looks like I need to get it repaired.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 51,000 mi

    leaks oil from oil pan gasket

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 12,780,060 mi

    Not fixed I wanted to no if there was a recall on this pronlem

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 80,000 mi

    Oil leaks from oil pan gasket

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 141,000 mi

    got gasket replaced, but still had problems. probably looking at a costly repair and not too excited about it. Hoping for the best, as always.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 106,000 mi

    Took car in for oil leak. Found out ball joints ($500) were really bad so did that work instead of oil pan gasket which was also quoted at $500. Only a drop or two leak on floor of garage every couple of days. Probably burns off on engine. Oil changed 2 1/2 months ago and only down 1/2 quart. It's now my 16 year old son's car so want to limit $ I put into it. Bought it new and only complaint is rear wheel well started to rust 1 year after purchase. It's been fixed 3 times, and I was told by autobody guy it had been hit and fixed. Only had 20 miles on it when I got it so must of happened at the factory. Guy said any fix under $1000 does not have to be disclosed to buyer. I'll keep buying Fords because they didn't take gov't $.

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