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I've 1998 Dodge Caravan 3.3L SE. The oil has been slowly leaking since last few years. The cost to replace the gasket is a lot 'cause he needs to remove the engine and so on. Is it worth doing it? I am not sure how long my van will last. Should I just keep it that way or is there any danger driving with leaking oil i.e fire etc????

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If the oil is leaking onto the exhuast then yes there is always a fire danger, but the oil lea must be a very big one, more than just a few drops on the ground every nigh.

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