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Mercury Sable Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

Mercury Sable Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC

Average Mileage: 101,610 mi (13,500 mi - 180,000 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.

  •  Rookie

    Last year, during inspection, a note was placed on the report about the oil pan gasket leaking. This year, they say it needs replacing due to leaking and that that will cost $450. Is that a correct cost?

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    Oil pan gasket leaks, bolts were checked but this didn't help. The gasket was replaced and the leaks have started again but not as bad. The original leaks started before 50K miles, fixed around 90K but started leaking again though not as bad.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    the pan gasket liked and was replaced

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 50,000 mi

    Oil dripping onto garage floor after driving the vehicle and has a burnt oil smell while engine is still hot. Noticed the drips are going onto the exhaust. Looks like I need to get it repaired.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 51,000 mi

    leaks oil from oil pan gasket

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 125,000 mi

    Why no recalls

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 98,000 mi

    Gasket worked it's way out from the front of the engine.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 140,000 mi

    Couldnt figure out where it was coming from but from reading the reviews I know now what to do

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 60,000 mi

    Three oil pan gaskets replaced

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 95,000 mi

    My Sable has oil leaks It seems to be dripping from more then one place ,not sure where ,the muffler shield has come undone and needs too be reinstalled. Car is not running good ,it misses at 50mph and the front end shimmies.
    needs a major overhaul.

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