Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak on Mercury Sable

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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Average mileage: 104,923 (13,500–200,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
90 people reported this problem
46 people shared problem details
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?
2001 Mercury Sable150,000
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.
2003 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC125,000
Why no recalls
2000 Mercury Sable100,000
the pan gasket liked and was replaced
1999 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V650,000
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.
1990 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V651,000
leaks oil from oil pan gasket
1998 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC129,000
Not fixed. Slow leak on my garage floor
2003 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC121,000
It is not clear if the leakage is from the oil pan area or leaking elsewhere (head gasket area?) and pooling around the oil pan. Now the vehicle has around 140,000 miles. Sought 2 estimates for the fix. Repairs estimated around $1500/ . Currently adding 1 quart of engine oil every 1500 -2000 miles; however, do not see oil stains on the floor or burnt engine oil smell in the exhaust. The engine does run well - wondering if it is a matter of time before incurring major repairs.
2002 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC63,000
Oil leak is usually minor, but replacing oil pan gasket doesn't often repair it as many times the leak is coming from the timing chain cover or lower crankcase to block seal and the oil runs down, appearing to be the pan gasket. In any event, it is expensive to repair.
2004 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6140,000
Engine oil pan gasket leaks. No fix.
1998 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6150,000
Burning smell. Tech said it was an oil pan gasket leak. Can't afford $400 bill for repairs.
2001 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC200,000
leaking oil from oil sending unit and oil pan poor design
2000 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC100,568
Mechanic found oil all over spark plugs and wires from oil leak. He replaced a gasket and said the next thing will be the oil pan or pan gasket. Starting to have that same oil burning smell again when driving. :(
2001 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC140,000
Same as described - mechanic noted the seal on the engine oil pan gasket seemed to be leaking. Noticed because of drippings and strong burnt oil smell coming from the exhaust (also comes through vent when car is stationary).
2005 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V667,000
Oil smell when the engine gets good and hot. Does not spot on floor concrete.
2003 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC
Not fixed I wanted to no if there was a recall on this pronlem
2001 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC80,000
Oil leaks from oil pan gasket
2002 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6141,000
got gasket replaced, but still had problems. probably looking at a costly repair and not too excited about it. Hoping for the best, as always.
2004 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC106,000
Took car in for oil leak. Found out ball joints ($500) were really bad so did that work instead of oil pan gasket which was also quoted at $500. Only a drop or two leak on floor of garage every couple of days. Probably burns off on engine. Oil changed 2 1/2 months ago and only down 1/2 quart. It's now my 16 year old son's car so want to limit $ I put into it. Bought it new and only complaint is rear wheel well started to rust 1 year after purchase. It's been fixed 3 times, and I was told by autobody guy it had been hit and fixed. Only had 20 miles on it when I got it so must of happened at the factory. Guy said any fix under $1000 does not have to be disclosed to buyer. I'll keep buying Fords because they didn't take gov't $.
2003 Mercury Sable- 3.0L V6 DOHC
As described oil burning smell from exhaust.
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