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Old 12-23-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Extreme Oil Leak

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Wife got home from 20mi trip. Oil from front exhaust manifold down the chassis to the rear bumper. What a mess! What I've noted (so far):
No OBD codes, oil light did NOT come on, dipstick registered no oil.
Added 2.5qts oil (leftover new oil) to see if it would run. Ran as if nothing had happened. After sitting awhile reread the dipstick and showed full. Engine at idle not showing any leaks. Recent water pump installation with usual timing belt, idlers, etc. Before this goes to mechanic again would like some guesstimates as to the problem. Considering the amount of oil and where it came from (upper front of engine) my guess is camshaft seal gave up. Any opinions appreciated.

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Old 12-23-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Extreme Oil Leak

Hopefully a 3.0 owner will come along and give you quality advice and in meantime I'll offer a WAG.

Was weather near or below freezing?

The Vue 3.0 is a known bad-actor when moisture laden PCV hoses freeze resulting in crankcase pressure buildup which will push gaskets and seals to let oil flow freely.

The problem tends to come and go based on air temps and one way to check PCV system is to remove oil dipstick and check for slight vacuum with engine RPM at 1500.

There's a service bulletin to reroute the PCV hoses to eliminate low spots but one thing I'd do in any case is to check hoses for internal sludge buildup which could possibly block airflow in warm weather.

PM email address if you want copy of service bulletin --- its too large to post to forum.

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Old 01-09-2017, 10:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Extreme Oil Leak

Ive got money on the PCV hose freezing up, as the same thing happened to use 5-6 years ago.

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Ive got money on the PCV hose freezing up, as the same thing happened to use 5-6 years ago.
I'd put money on this too. I've been fortunate never to have this issue as I re-routed per the tech bulletin years ago.

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