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Ford Windstar Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

Ford Windstar Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.8L V6

Average Mileage: 163,500 mi (120,000 mi - 198,000 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.

  • , , 175,000 mi

    oil pan gaskets frt and rear oil pan seals slipped out causing oil leak . replace pan gasket and seals

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  • , , 3.8L V6, 120,000 mi

    front lip of gasket gone bad,pipe too close pan

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  • , , 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!

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  • , , 3.8L V6, 158,000 mi

    Oil consumption has increased of late. Appears gasket leaking

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  • , , 3.8L V6, 190,000 mi

    Just discovered a very small oil leak under the front end of the van. Noticed in the last week a 'burning' 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.

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