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I have had the oil pan gasket replaced twice on my F-150 1996 351 cu. in. but it continue to leak. Is there something else I must do to stop this leak. The first replacement lasted 9 mos. The second barely made it home before it started leaking. The second dealership has agreed to replace it for no charge but I expect it to start leaking. Any additional solutions?

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    Joseph Baculan Apr 13, 2009

    Friend, Check the pan to make sure it is not cracked or warped. Also notice where most of the leak is coming from. When you took off the old gasket, did you scrape off all of the old material? If you used a screwdriver to do that, you may have nicked the metal and created a path for oil to leak. If you didn't scrape off the old material and any RTV sealant, you will want to, using a plastic scraper. There are sprays that dissolve this material too if it is too hard to scrape off.

    If that area is nicked badly and you haven't used RTV sealant, you may want to put a small amount all over the area that the gasket will cover, not just the nicked area but the whole area that the pan gasket will cover- it doesn't take much and if you smear too much on, it will just ooze out and make things messy - just a fine coating will do.

    As you tighten up the bolts, make sure you tighten in an alternating pattern as they begin to contact the gasket and get tight so a bolt on one side get fastened down as often as one on the other side gets fastened to avoid warping the pan.

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    Joseph Baculan Apr 13, 2009

    2nd well it wont be the oil pan seal then cause they never leaked that much. I would go back and look at the filter he put on. could be just a problem with it. for the cost of one put another one on and make sure the gasket surfacce is clean down to the metal engine block.

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    Joseph Baculan Apr 13, 2009

    This could be the rear main seal on the crank shaft that is leaking, clean around all the areas completely to isolate the leak. There are some oil additives available at your parts store that work to cause swelling of the seal to re-seal it. This may or may not work, but it may slow the leak.

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