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I have a serious oil leak. Its not coming from

I have a serious oil leak. Its not coming from the oil pan but whatever part, if your looking at the undercarriage of the bronco, is to the rear of the oil pan. It looks like there may be a bolt missing, but would one bolt make it leak so bad that I couldn't even put oil in it without it gushing back out?

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Sound like rear main oil seal is leaking.

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