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Freddie21
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Mar 5, 2023, 9:15 AM

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Ford 3.0 Oil Pan Leak Sign In

Hi All, I have a Ranger 3.0 that the oil drain plug leaks. Previous owner gooped up the alum crush washer with RTV. I replaced the crush washer but it still leaks a bit. I have a kit with various plastic and metal washers and I'm wonder if one is better than the other? Do the replacement bolts with the expandable rubber plus work better? Thanks.


Hammer Time
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Mar 5, 2023, 10:30 AM

Post #2 of 6 (1480 views)
Re: Ford 3.0 Oil Pan Leak Sign In

Why is it still leaking with new washers?

Is the pan surface damaged?

Are the threads damaged?



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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 5, 2023, 12:07 PM

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Re: Ford 3.0 Oil Pan Leak Sign In

Still leaking! Skip the rubber things and DIY tricks I seriously would rather you went to a real shop, real tech and have it fixed if possible.

Been ages, once oversized, self-taping plugs worked well but on steel pans with lots of metal at the plug hole.

Still has to be right surface and get the right angle. At some point a new oil pan!

It's your engine you risk over this don't fool with it, watch it constantly if using this now have plenty of spare oil if wrong spot to be warned - red warning means YESTERDAY - FIX IT!

Good luck, Tom



Freddie21
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Mar 5, 2023, 12:50 PM

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Re: Ford 3.0 Oil Pan Leak Sign In

Thanks Guys, Threads are good and it is not much a leaker. Just enough to leave a 3" spot after being driven. The opening surface feels smooth. I don't know what the original washer material was.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 5, 2023, 1:01 PM

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Re: Ford 3.0 Oil Pan Leak Sign In

Previous owner really loused this up IMO. Get it right. Even the quickie lube places wouldn't fake it with goo or hope not.

Check if at parts outlets look right at the types of repair for these things.

If you are doing your own oil changes fine to have those stretch rubber things are last ditch emergency next move the right repair.

IDK maybe you don't if pan has enough metal to just machine it back SEE if cracked or just was installed off threads?

The small drop now (one) would make a 3" spot it might not be the drain plug rather from above it? Watch it leak wiping it dry and come back.

YOU found it hacked so it's been screwed up time to make it right and bet you or a real tech could even as dumb as a plug doing it all wrong and cross threaded can be fatal to engines! Big time once @ the quickie places, don't rush and double check things like that,

Tom



Hammer Time
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Mar 5, 2023, 1:13 PM

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Just enough to leave a 3" spot after being driven.


That's not a symptom of an oil plug leak. There is oil at that plug at all times so it wouldn't just leak after being driven.

It looks to me that you have a different leak higher up on the engine that is running down toward the plug when the engine is run.
You need to get this thing up on a lift and inspect the higher parts of the engine carefully with a light.



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