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HELP!!! (95 Escort Wagon, 1.9)
I tried searching the forum but I didn't see anything that related to this. I have an oil leak that is spraying out from the back side of the engine, underneath the intake. In a matter of moments I have a descent size puddle. I checked the simple things like the oil filter and checked what lines I could see, but no avail. The previous owner mentioned that he recently had the cylinder head done and everything that goes with that. Needless to say, everything is covered with oil but I don't see where it is coming from. And Ideas??? (thanks in advance for helping a newbie!)
 

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The only other thing back there that can leak is the oil pressure sender. It should be screwed onto the block and have one wire going to it. Sometimes they go bad and leak.
 

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But that's near the oil filter, I would have thought that he could see it. Having said that, my #1 guess is still the oil sender or maybe still the oil filter. Sometimes the old oil filter gasket sticks, and when you put the new filter on, you get two gaskets. Unfortunately two gaskets are not better than one.
 

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Well I did as you guys suggested and cleaned off the engine on that side. I did find where it was leaking from as I cut my finger trying to find what I couldn't see. So now I have a cut finger and feel like an idiot. Feel free to "flame" the newbie. What it was: The previous owner must have broken the engine oil dipstick tube when he did the head (is my best guess). I don't know why I didn't notice the dipstick missing when I looked at it. I guess I just "assumed" it was there. I'll tell you this: I'll never miss it on a car I buy again. LOL Only defense I have is that I did not notice the leak until I got home because when I was done on the test drive I parked it on gravel and didn't see any great leaks. From there I trailered it home.

Thanks for the help to everyone that replied.
 

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If the entire dipstick tube is missing you can just shove a new one down into the hole. If the old tube got broken off in the hole, I think you have to drop the oil pan and use a 'drift' of almost the same diameter as the dipstick hole in the block to hammer the broken piece up and out. I have had one Escort block where I had to hammer the dipstick out from below. On another block I was able to pull it upward as I rotated it. In either case I would put some 'ultra-black' RTV gasket maker on the dipstick where it fits into the block, and let it sit overnight before use.

The early dipstick tube layout (91-92?) is annoying to get the dipstick back down into. The later dipstick tube routing (?94-95) is annoying when you want to remove the intake manifold/engine head, but its easier to check.


In a junkyard you may have to try a couple of dipstick tubes before you find one that will come out peacefully. And I dont think the early dipsticks are the same length as the later type - so I would make sure I got the dipstick that came with that tube.
 
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