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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Ford Windstar Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak
Ford Windstar Problem
Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.8L V6
Average Mileage: 163,500 mi (120,000 mi - 198,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Ford Windstar, 175,000 mi
oil pan gaskets frt and rear oil pan seals slipped out causing oil leak . replace pan gasket and seals
Visitor, 1997 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, 120,000 mi
front lip of gasket gone bad,pipe too close pan
Visitor, 2000 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6
I noticed that the oil always seemed to be on the last quart or less within a short time after getting an oil change. The oil was low in less than 30 days. Ford should reach out to car owners with this problem and fix it.According to what I've heard, the gasket in the oil pan may the the issue. I don't notice any oil stains in the driveway, but the oil is always near empty...?!?!?!?! I'm tired of it!
Visitor, 2000 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, 158,000 mi
Oil consumption has increased of late. Appears gasket leaking
Just discovered a very small oil leak under the front end of the van. Noticed in the last week a 'burning' smell...like plastic almost not really burnt oil smelling. Yesterday notice a slight rattle under the front end while in idle. All of the symptoms point to either and oil filter/pan gasket, or exhaust manifold/gasket or both. In any event, they're minor fixes considering the age of the car and mileage. More of an inconvenience than anything else, but definitely an investment towards the life of my car.