Engine Oil Leak from Right Head Gasket on Ford F-150

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 138,530 (10,000–316,000)
Engines affected: 4.2L V6, 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, V8
10 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012
117 people reported this problem
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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.
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?
Oil leaking from head gasket passenger side rear and dripping on exhaust, besides replacing the head gasket $3500 w/ valve job included, anything I could try before the painfully expensive option?
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.
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.
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.
oil leak in head gasket on passenger side rear, drips down on starter & exhaust pipe
Oil leaking down to starter and exhaust pipe, smoke's bad due to oil leak. Haven't fixed it yet. MONEY PROBLEM'S
the head gasket has fielded and is leaking coolant in to the oil
I noticed the same issue when my truck was up on a lift, the technician said it was very minor leak, and fluid levels fine. I'll eventually replace the gasket as I understand from reading this post, that there is a newer gasket that resolves this issue.
still have problem
Right rear head gasket leaks oil onto starter, about a 1/4 of a quart per week. It's not fixed, yet, as the cost is an issue.
Same problem. Very aggravating. Ford should step up and do a recall
oil leak right head, the newer fords get, the more they suck
Oil dripping from right side back of engine. Leaks onto starter and exhaust.
Drip drip drip, passenger side head gasket leak. Runs fine just making a mess and have to add oil between oil changes. Mechanic said head gasket repair was going to run over $3000. Already replaced the crappy plastic exhaust manifold. Both of those issues are due to poor engineering and Ford should have done the right thing and isssued recalls.
Developed a small leak and my mechanic said it was coming from my head gasket. It was such a small leak ignored it but now it is getting worse. I haven't addressed the problem yet
Same as everyone else. LOTS of oil leaking onto starter on the passenger side. So much oil everywhere I can't tell where it's coming from.
not fixed yet, way too expensive.
Leak is at the back, of the right side head and larking oil on exhaust and starter.
I have an oil leak at the right gasket that is costing me a lot in oil weekly.