Re: oil leak out the rear main seal on a 2000 ford...
First, the easiest way IS to remove the transmission, it is a one piece seal, if it were a 2 piece, you would need to remove the oil pan and Rear Main Bearing Cap which in my opinion is alot tougher. When installing the new seal, make sure the the end of the crankshaft is clean of debris, lube the seal before sliding it over the end of the crankshaft to ease installation and some like to apply a thin coat of high temp sealant to the outside surface of the new seal to ensure no leakage. When reinstalling the flywheel/flex plate, proper torque is key because you dont want it working loose and having to remove the transmission again.
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You have to define where the oil is coming from. front of the engine, rear of the engine left side right side where? If it is the rare you're most likely looking at the rear main seal. The next most likely culprit would be valve cover gasket's or oil pan gasket
I would change the pan gasket, converter seal and rear transmission seal. Also the rear main seal on the engine.If the oil pan gasket is leaking I would do it now. Way easier with the transmission off.
next oil change or even now get a small bottle of engine oil trace dye and a Ultrviolet light. Add the trace dye to the engine and then after a cple days use the UV light and see where the leak is. The trace dye will be a bright blue or green, depending on the maker of the dye, "glowing" line/path. Follow it back to the source. Chances are it will be one if not a combination of 3 things: Valve cover gaskets, Oil pan gasket, Or one of the 2 main oil seals. Of the oil seal the rear main oil seal is a common culprit.
Could possibly be the pan gasket. The other things that may be your leak would be the rear main seal or the front crank seal. If the oil is coming out from the rear of the oil pan then it is most likely the rear main seal. If you have high mileage on the vehicle in excess of 100,000 miles this becomes even more of a possibility. The front crank seal will leak at the back side of the crankshaft pulley and blow back towards the rear of the engine. I would vebntire to say it probably is the rear main. To replace the rear main you will need to remove the tranny and the flywheel and then the retaining plate for the rear main seal. Unfortunately Ford went to the one piece deal years ago. If you need more assistance please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are all here to help you with all questions. Good luck.
THE REAR MAIN IS WHAT IS CALLED A FULL CIRCLE SEAL, SO YES THE TRANS AND FLYWHEEL MUST BE REMOVED, U WILL ALSO NEED THE SPECIAL FORD SEAL INSTALLER, WITHOUT IT THE SEAL WILL MOST LIKELY LEAK SOONER AFTER INSTALLATION.
It is the oil pan gasket all you have to do is drop the oil pan clean the bottom of the engine block and the surface of the oil pan and install the oil pan again. a very simple process. Make sure that it is not the rear main crank seal that is leaking. If it is the rear main then you will have to remove the tranny to replace the rear main seal.
You have to remove the transmission, remove the torque converter to access the seal. Most likely the bushing behind the seal is worn out allowing fluid to leak past the seal. After the trans. is out, take it to a trans. shop. It requires a special tool to change the bushing. Seems like a bunch of work for $10.00 in parts. The rear main seal requires pulling the pan to access it. When the trans. is out, this is the time to replace the rear main seal on the engine.