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Old 02-28-2018, 07:27 PM   #1
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Oil leak

Ok, so I am a new SMB owner and not very mechanically inclined. We bought a used 2000 e 350 smb back at the end of November. It was time to have to oil changed and since it was an older vehicle and I didnít know all of its history I decided to go ahead and get a complete service performed. It has 55 k on a 7.3 psd. I picked it up and drive it home. Got busy and havenít got to take it out for a week. I noticed a oil spot on my parking pad directly under the oil plug and oil filter yesterday. I wiped it off and decided to drive it around to see if it was still leaking. There seems to be a slight leak coming from the oil filter and also some drips on the plug. It was not doing this before. Should I take it back to the shop? What could be he issue? Is this common for these motors? Thanks for any insights you may have.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:09 AM   #2
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You should really just sell it to me for a really low price. I can fly out within the week with cash.
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:30 AM   #3
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I wouldn't need to fly out......I'd walk up there and take it off your hands

try to tighten the plug up with a 3/4" wrench....just a little and see if you can turn the filter with your hands clockwise
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This is just one of the reasons I refuse to let any sort of shop change my oil. While the number of horror stories isn't yuge by any means its still too important a job to trust others to do.

Personally I'd take it back to the shop and pretty much demand they check their own work. Be sure they didn't over-tighten the drain plug and stripped it out, make double sure they did in fact remove the old filter's gasket before installing the new filter---that's something quite commonly done in those cheapy oil change outfits.

This advice offered only if you don't sell your ride to these ^^^ "helpful" guys planning on taking it off your hands for cheap!
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Haha, anything can be bought for the right price.

I didn’t think it was a cheapy oil change place. I had a couple of recommendations for this place that is supposed to be a performance deisel shop.
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Haha, anything can be bought for the right price.

I didnít think it was a cheapy oil change place. I had a couple of recommendations for this place that is supposed to be a performance deisel shop.
I assumed it was one of the cheapy places---my bad, no insult intended.

Even so call them or take your van back---I'm sure they'll be glad to check it for you.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:22 AM   #7
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I called them this morning, gonna take it over there and see what they say.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:44 AM   #8
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They are saying it is not the filter or plug and that it is coming from somewhere higher on the motor. We looked at it together and that does seem to be the case. He is gonna pull the doghouse tomorrow morning and see what’s up. Thinks it is most likely an o ring that went bad. Any thoughts on that or other things I should get them to check while they ar into it? Sportsmobile forum is the best by the way.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:37 AM   #9
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Oil leaks on the 7.3 mostly drip down the rear of the motor, (looks like rear main seal) the design is the valley drains out the rear.
Could be MANY place it's leaking from, HPOP, head plugs, fittings etc...
I would suggest a few cans of brake cleaner, spray the top of the motor to dry then start the motor and look .
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it seems like the 7.3's rely heavily on O-rings. mine had a minor leak when i got it and my mechanic and i started replacing them one by one until it stopped. ended up replacing all kinds of little crap like O-rings and inexpensive sensors, etc. it didn't leak for a few years then one day at a car show i was asked if my rig leaked and i said no. the guy holding a piece of cardboard looked at me and said you have a 7.3 that doesn't at least spot a little? i said nope. weve been leak free for almost 3 years. shoulda never said anything. later that day at a friends house i stopped for a sec to grab something from the shop. came out 30 min later and there was a fist sized puddle under it. been a small leak ever since. annoying as hell. i don't like having leaky rigs. makes me feel bad when i do creek crossings and the like out in nature
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