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Old 12-31-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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Oil Leaking

So as I was pulling into my parking lot at work today, I noticed a really strong burning oil smell. As I backed into my spot lots of smoke generated from under the hood. When I popped the hood there was oil over about half of the top of the engine along with splatter on the hood from somewhere over the exhaust manifold. Anyone got any ideas where to start looking? I know I had something similar happen on my Grand Prix that ended up being a blown out oil pressure sending unit. This is an 05 with the 2.0 Duratec engine. On a lighter note, just got approved today for a 2013 ST :)


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Old 12-31-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, 2013 ST, nice. So, you gunna do it?

Other than a broken valve cover gasket, I have no idea where that oil leak is coming from. Clean it up some, rev engine and looky-looky for the spot it is leaking from.
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Would a valve cover gasket cause that kind of high pressure leak? I always thought the oil was just kinda splashed around under the cover and that if they gasket leaked it would be a slow drip drip leak? I started the car up at lunch and couldn't see anything leaking, and there's a good bit of oil under the car.
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I agree. I've never seen a valve cover leak like yours so.... -dunno. Hell, I don't even know where the oil sender/pressure sensor is on my Focus. Maybe I should go find out.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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OK, on the bottom of the engine, on this Zetec->
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brEtbulmzH8
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Mine is a Duratec engine though, my oil filter is in a different spot but thanks for the find :)
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Yes, I know ur a Duratec, me too. I said Zetec so you would know that video isn't a match for us. Should be located very similar on our cars tho. Point is; your oil leak should not be coming from the sender, so still lost on your leak on top side of engine.
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Gotcha, thanks.
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Is the fill cap still on?

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Oil Leaking

On and tight? Also oil dip stick?
Could it be ps fluid or ATF?
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