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Old 12-08-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Oil Leak, Ford Focus 2002

Does this look familiar to you guys ?
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https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j658rnhm1hjll9z/QoasU3Dvpg
What could it be ?

I have this going on for about a year now. Losing a bit of oil there.
A technician at one time told me it was missing a quart of oil. Didn't notice a constant loss afterwards.
The engine sounds fine. The oil isn't dirtier than I would expect it to be.
Car mechanic at superficial inspection couldn't tell where exactly it came from.

I am willing to get my hands dirty replacing an oil pan gasket .. I've looked it up, but some other fixes I know can be really difficult. Not really interested in leak stop magic solutions.

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Looks like the oilpan gasket is leaking and the front main seal is also leaking. That milky look may be some antifreeze also leaking from the water pump. Are you loosing any antifreeze.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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I don't think there is any antifreeze leaking. I haven't touched the reservoir for that in a long time and the level is constant .. no visible change.

The milky thing might be whatever comes from the road that the city is throwing with the sand to melt the ice / snow. Maybe. But I am not so sure what exactly you are looking at.

Front main seal ? Is that the "cam gasket" ? Big job to replace ?

I don't want to give up on this car. I still like it with all the headaches it gave me.

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Old 12-08-2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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looking at your pic #1 and #5 there's a milky color. Well the first thing I would do is clean all that oil off with some engine degreaser real good this way you can pinpoint where its coming from

(Front main seal ? Is that the "cam gasket") No. I have never changed a front main seal on a Focus but its the seal at the front of the oil pan between block crank and oil pan
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:43 PM   #5
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Thank you !
That makes most sense. I will try to clean the engine as good as I can and throw some dye in and check the newly formed leaks with a UV light or whatever system there is.
Shouldn't be to long before new leak occurs.
I need to wait till spring though .. I don't have access to a garage.
If I take it to a mechanic it most certainly will cost me more than getting a new car, before they find out what exactly the problem is and I pay for all the labor and parts.
I developed some trust issues with mechanics.

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I don't see anything 'milky'. What you guys are calling milky I'd call fresh oil.

I see the front main as the primary leak. In the first pic you can clearly see the clean spot/fresh oil trace up to the bottom of the seal.

I'd replace it and the PCV ... it may be a blockage in the oil emissions system causing pressure and forcing oil out the seal, the weakest link.


I'd also replace or plug that open hole in the exhaust ...
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These photos were taken while fixing a broken catalytic converter.
That hole is for some sensor I think. It was removed during a another repair. I was in the shop to have a look. The pipe was broken write next to the plate that connects it with the exhaust manifold (?). Another story. May have hit something with the bottom end of the catalytic converter.
Just the other day I've straddled a curb, an island in the middle of the road. It was covered in snow and dirt. It was scary hearing the metal squeaking as it was grinding against it.

I just have fun fixing stuff. Gas first. Think later.

I'll do some research on the PCV as well. Will have fun with this repair in the summer.

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The front seal is easy to replace while doing your timing belt.

When was your timing belt done?
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