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Leak on the front of the Engine

5.9l, 24 valve, H.O. diesel. I think the timing cover is leaking. Not really sure where its coming from. Leaking quite a bit of oil, about 1 gallon in about 1500miles. Its such a mess that I can't tell. Is there a common place for oil to leak on these engines? I was told that in order to remove the timing cover, I would have to tear apart the valve train and remove the camshaft, is this true?

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    have a oil leak on vehicle.put it up in the air on a lift,and it look like it near the left vale cover .not likely to tell with out removing the plenum. is there anything else in the area the could cause the leak,like say the oil pressure switch

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Before replacing the timing cover gasket, crawl underneath the truck and spray everything with brake parts cleaner, then wipe with rags until dry & clean. Start the truck, then crawl under the front of the truck, using a flashlight to spot leaks. Chances are the leak is the seal between the vacuum pump and power steering pump. If this is the case, contact Pete Gould at fixinrams.com. He can sell you an uprated seal kit, or provide you with a totally remanned vacuum pump reasonably. The vacuum pump runs about $375, replacing front cover gasket is about $1100. Hope this helps

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