Oil leaks from valve cover, intake manifold, and timing cover gaskets on Dodge Ram 1500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

On the 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8 and 5.9L V8 the Oil leaks commonly from the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets (front and rear), timing cover gaskets, distributor O-ring, and the rear main seal area. Using fluorescent engine oil dye can be helpful in determining the source(s) of the oil leak.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 151,166 (51,000–264,000)
Engines affected: 3.7L V6, 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.9L V8
10 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009
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Leaking behind rear main seal
4.7l leaking oil behind the timing cover
I had no oil leaks from the engine until I decided to change to Mobil Oil's New "High Millage 75k Plus" Full synthentic oil. I knew full well that I would maybe see new leaks after switching to synthetic as I have with most engines after switching to syn oil. I did this only to get the most miles out of my aging high millage engine. Now I am planning on replacing the valve cover gaskets and O Ring on the distributor.