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Old 01-18-2013, 21:14   #1 (permalink)
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Fixing a dripping oil pan

I am getting some minor dripping from what is probably the oil pan on my 1996 E-150 van. The shop that changed my oil put too much in about 1,000 miles ago and that could be the problem, it been slow dripping for a while.

I know new gaskets would be costly and my main concern is messing up the street and driveway. There has to be a way you could fasten a simple metal pan of some sort under the car to catch the light drip or even tie some heavy cloth across the surface to catch oil.

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Any leak, regardless of oil, antifreeze, or even freon, should be addressed. With AC, you can always disable it, and leave that part of the system out, but your lubricants and coolant disables the car. I highly recommend that you find the source of the leak and repair it.

If the dripping started after the shop changed your oil, it could be a simple matter of the drain plug or oil filter leaking which should be a relatively simple fix.
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If not above suggestion could even be a simple thing like a leaking oil pressure switch .Better to get under and check first .
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I took it to the shop that overfilled the oil and it is the main seal at the transmission. I bet they wont fix it for me or pay to have it fixed. I bet it is a big job.
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Moved to the E Series section in the truck section.

*Edit, My mistake Moved to the Van section.
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I took it to the shop that overfilled the oil and it is the main seal at the transmission. I bet they wont fix it for me or pay to have it fixed. I bet it is a big job.
If they overfilled with oil , causing a build up of pressure which blew the seal , claim them for liability .
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You mean sue them?
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You mean sue them?
On second thoughts , you may have problems with the year and mileage working against you .They could say it was just wear and tear on the seals . If you reported it to them and they knew the oil was overfilled they should have drained the excess off rather than continuing to drive in that condition .
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P.s ,

I'm just guessing on mileage , cant see it in post .
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They did drain of the excess, this happened about 6 months ago and I just noticed the oil on the ground recently.
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