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Ford Taurus Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC, 3.4L V8 SHO, 3.8L V6

Average Mileage: 112,164 mi (13,680 mi - 354,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 3.0L V6, 214,533 mi

    oil pan leak, EZ fix, 20$ part and for anyone doing it yourself YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PULL THE EXHAUST, take loose the oil pump (not off) and the pan will drop down. 9 f/lbs torque to reinstall, do NOT overtighten. 2 hour job at the MOST with NO air tools and jackstands, the old fashioned way :)

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 145,000 mi

    Engine oil pan gasket leaking.Replace gasket.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 135,000 mi

    The oil started leaking like a flood, it was the oil pan gasket and an expensive repair.. now just a few months later, I have the exact same problem. Leaks about a quart of oil every 30 miles driven.. when the mechanic put it up on the hoist, we could see a large portion of the gasket pushed right out from the pan...

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  • , , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 50,000 mi

    this car has been nothing but a problem from the day we bought new.

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  • , , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 93,000 mi

    Not visible , small leak burns off on exhaust manifold

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  • , , 3.0L V6

    Every gasket on this car leaks. Sometimes really bad and sometimes just a little. Oil Pan,Transmission Pan, Water Pump and Thermostat Housing, Valve Covers and I'm sure other things I haven't found yet. Mileage is 103,000. Car looks nice abd runs well as long as I keep cleaning and filling fluids all the time. I'm sorry I bought it.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 62,140 mi

    We noticed a burning smell when we shut the engine down. Ford said the oil pan was leaking and they would charge $288 to fix it. $210 of that is labor which sounds a little high.

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  • , , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 112,000 mi

    $400 later and waiting for next mechanical problem.

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  • , , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 60,000 mi

    Minor amount of leaking on oil pan gasket

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  • , , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 75,907 mi

    oil leaking cost 253.28

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