My 98 Escort has been leaking from the pan gasket for about 30k miles on the back side of the crank towards the firewall. I've ignored it because the amount of oil it loses is insignificant to the point where I never needed to add oil between oil changes. This past weekend when I did my oil change, I noticed a lot more oil than usual leaking out. Oil was coating the back side of the A/C compressor and dripping onto the lower plastic pieces, which it has never done before. I'm also noticing oil on the ground now under the car - something I never noticed before. I'm going to look for increased oil loss and add oil as needed, but in the meantime I want to prepare for the worst. Has anyone replaced the pan gasket on a 2.0 SPI? Is it something I could easily do the next time I change out my timing belt?