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

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.

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Average mileage: 159,198 (94,000–265,000)
Engines affected: 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8
12 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
30 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
1993 Dodge Dakota- 3.9L V6265,000
Manifold bad
2002 Dodge Dakota- 4.7L V8112,000
Leaking oil at right valve cover gasket. Replace gasket to stop leak. Left valve cover not leaking, but saved the extra gasket for when it does need to be replaced.
1997 Dodge Dakota- 5.2L V894,000
My oil was leaking for about 3 weeks and then one day I go to drive my truck out of the driveway and all my oil was underneath it so I was not going anywhere.
1996 Dodge Dakota- 3.9L V6105,000
leaking a ton of oil
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