2006 Ford Taurus Q&A
2006 Ford Taurus Question: oil pan cover - gasket leak
I recently had to have the flywheel and starter replaced. Does it require the oil pan to be removed to do that? Reason being is I then had a leak about a month later and the service center said my gasket was bad and charged more $. If they removed it previously, my feeling is they didn't tighten properly. What do you think? - Angie_1
The transmission needs to be separated from the engine to replace the flywheel but the engine oil pan should not interfere with that job. The starter is a bolt-on affair that would not require the oil pan to be removed. Oil pan gasket leaks on earlier Taurus models was a common problem. It wouldn't surprise me if that is still an issue. Unless you have the 24 valve engine, your 3.0L is essentially the same engine that earlier Taurus's had. - Andy Y
The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.
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