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2004 Stratus had minor oil leak off and on. No problems with noise from the engine or with power. Last week, I started noticing an oil burning smell while driving my car, especially on the passenger side. Yesterday, oil started pouring out from underneath, then suddenly stopped. Dipstick shows the oil level is almost a quart low or so. Suggestions on what this could be? And how much it will cost to fix? Is it worth fixing it?

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  • vmulcahy Mar 31, 2011

    Thanks, will check it out in the morning.



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You need to determine exactly where the oil is leaking, the most likely culprit from your description is the crankshaft seal or possibly a timing cover seal. neither is a major fix, and any decent garage should be able to find and fix it.

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  • mike mountain Mar 31, 2011

    As to cost, if it is a timing cover seal or valve cover leak, the range would be from $50 to $100, if it is a crank seal less than $150. It might be an oil sender unit leak, they are less than $25 to purchase and minimal to install.



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