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Ford F-150 Oil May Leak Onto Starter From Passenger-Side Head Gasket

Ford F-150 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 4.2L V6, 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, V8

Average Mileage: 145,805 mi (10,000 mi - 316,000 mi)


An oil leak may develop from the the right side head gasket.  Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. Our technician tell us an updated head gasket is available to correct this concern.

  • Visitor, , 5.4L V8, 250,000 mi

    Right side of engine from driver's view is leaking oil from the head gasket near the back of the engine. Dealer indicated that it is a 3K repair. No recall on the head gaskets. Do I live with it? Not sure what to do at this point.

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  • Visitor, , 4.6L V8, 125,000 mi

    leaks out back of head gasket on passenger side. drips on starter and tail pipe. uses a quart about every 350 miles. come on ford, time to step up and make this right or i can find my way to the gm dealership.

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  • Visitor, , 4.6L V8, 105,000 mi

    I noticed an oil spot on my driveway and had never had one before beneath my truck. I got under truck and noticed there was oil all over the starter and exhaust. At first i thought it might be a rear main seal leaking, but seeing that the oil was coming from higher up i suspected the head gasket may be leaking and dropping oil on to the starter and exhaust. I am mechanically inclined but now that i am older and can't get around like i used too i took the truck to a reliable garage.I did not tell them what i suspected but just described the problem. They called me the next day to come by the garage and sure enough the head gasket was leaking on the passengers side of the truck. i made a decision to replace the head bolts and gaskets on both sides, to replace the tensioners,and the timing chain while they had it torn down. It appears that this is a very common problem among 1997 Ford F150 4.6 Liter V8 Engines and I do not why there hasn't been a recall to address this problem. Been a Ford man all my life, but Ford not stepping up to do anything has me pissed off.

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  • R Bun, , 4.6L V8, 64,000 mi

    oil leak in head gasket on passenger side rear, drips down on starter & exhaust pipe

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  • Visitor, , 5.4L V8, 195,000 mi

    the head gasket has fielded and is leaking coolant in to the oil

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  • Visitor, , 5.4L V8, 164,000 mi

    Oil leaking from the right side onto the starter. Ford said it was the right side head gasket and want about 2700 to fix it. I don't have that kind of money. What do I do?

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  • Visitor, , 5.4L V8, 180,000 mi

    oil leak right head, the newer fords get, the more they suck

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  • Visitor, , 4.6L V8, 135,000 mi

    Oil leaking down to starter and exhaust pipe, smoke's bad due to oil leak. Haven't fixed it yet. MONEY PROBLEM'S

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  • Visitor, , 5.4L V8, 55,000 mi

    still have problem

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  • hunk, , 4.6L V8, 200,000 mi

    My f150 has been leaking plenty around the starter, I had two guys work on it . they pulled the engine and said the bottom side is new including the rear main seal . I got the truck while I was at work. I was letting it warm up I noticed there was oil under there on the cement. the next day I pointed it out to one of them . He said we need to do the top too. since then I've been checking . Put the truck on ramps , and wiped everything I could reach. Started it up , cawled under and within two minutes the oil started dripping from the starter - the lower mouting bolt , then the upper one. at arapid rate
    I could not determin where it was comming from.

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