Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Small Oil Leak - Passenger Side

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Querys, March 20, 2019.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^
  1. Querys

    Querys Active Member

    Joined:
    August 22, 2018
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2013, Explorer Limited
    Hello everyone,

    my 3.5 TiVCT Explorer has a small oil leak on the passanger side. it drips to the small engine cover, which protects the V-belt from water and dirt.
    unfortunately I do not see the origin of the oil.
    Anyone an idea, if there are common known issues in this area?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.

  3. blwnsmoke

    blwnsmoke Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    February 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,721
    Likes Received:
    353
    Trophy Points:
    103
    City, State:
    Moderator
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2011 Explorer Limited
    You do not see any staining or anything wet under the hood? I had an oil leak from the valve cover I believe. I could see it if I popped the hood and looked between the engine and firewall from the passenger side. You could tell part of the engine was wet/stained from oil.
     
  4. bigtexan99

    bigtexan99 Active Member

    Joined:
    July 16, 2017
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Sport
    See my thread - Front Engine Cover Oil Leak on Explorer Sport

    I had a leaky engine cover, which I would suspect in your case first. The engine cover does not use a gasket to seal, it just uses a RTV sealant bead which seems pretty silly to me.

    After the engine cover leak was repaired a new leak became evident from the head gasket. They pulled the engine and replaced all the gaskets and bolts for the head, under warranty.

    I suspect that there are many explorers with the same engine leak, its just not readily apparent unless you can get under the car. In my case it never dripped to the floor, I only noticed it when I had the car on the lift to rotate the tires.
     
  5. Querys

    Querys Active Member

    Joined:
    August 22, 2018
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2013, Explorer Limited
  6. bigtexan99

    bigtexan99 Active Member

    Joined:
    July 16, 2017
    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Sport
    Yes, its a big job. If you still have warranty though I would get it done. Otherwise, wait till you have to do another repair that requires removing the engine cover.

    You still need to determine where you leak is coming from though....
     
  7. Querys

    Querys Active Member

    Joined:
    August 22, 2018
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2013, Explorer Limited
    today the weather was good enough to crawl under the vehicle.
    I saw a drop at the oil filter and it was a little bit wet. The filter was quite tight but I tightened it a bit more without tools.
    Maybe this was enough. I keep monitoring it.
     
  8. Odrapnew

    Odrapnew Active Member

    Joined:
    December 27, 2013
    Messages:
    733
    Likes Received:
    52
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    MN
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2014 Explorer Sport
    When was the last time you had an oil and filter change? Possible it didn't get wiped down enough and a little dripping down the side of the filter is just residual from that.

    I had that issue with my wife's car one time. Now I make sure I double wipe everything once the new filter is tightened.
     
  9. Querys

    Querys Active Member

    Joined:
    August 22, 2018
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2013, Explorer Limited
    I made the change in August 2018. At this time I had a large leak because the filter was not tight enough.
    For me the tightening of the oil filter is unfamiliar because I have to tight it a lot more than at my Audi and Volkswagens.
     
  10. JAPeterson

    JAPeterson Active Member

    Joined:
    June 13, 2016
    Messages:
    341
    Likes Received:
    44
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    Gypsum, Co
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 XLT
    I had one filter do the same thing, small drips onto my garage floor.

    For that filter hand tight was not enough, I had to tighten it up with a wrench another 1/8 of a turn. On my last oil change I just tightened it up hand tight and all still looks good.

    All the filters were Motorcraft from the same lot and same box since I picked up a 12 pack of them.
     
  11. blwnsmoke

    blwnsmoke Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    February 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,721
    Likes Received:
    353
    Trophy Points:
    103
    City, State:
    Moderator
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2011 Explorer Limited
    Oil filters only need to be hand tight. Over tightening is more bad then good.
     
  12. JAPeterson

    JAPeterson Active Member

    Joined:
    June 13, 2016
    Messages:
    341
    Likes Received:
    44
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    Gypsum, Co
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 XLT
    I need to introduce you to my 96 Ford F250 diesel. If you don't use a wrench on it you will have a steady stream of oil coming out of the filter connection. It doesn't matter what filter you use, Motorcraft, Fram, Wix, or any other, it likes to mark its spot if you don't tighten it down with the wrench.
     
    • Like Like x 2






We Support Our Troops!