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

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: 159,816 (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
35 people reported this problem
Comments
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leaking a ton of oil
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.
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.
Manifold bad
Severe oil leak, about 1 qt. every 50 miles.