'99 4.0L Seems Like it May Have Some Issues...
I'm new to the forum. I just bought a high mileage (195k) '99 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6 (OHV) for $2400. When I looked at it, I wasn't expecting it to be dark but ran behind schedule and it was dark. I couldn't see much under the engine and now that I've got it home...big pit in the stomach. I rolled under the truck after work this evening and noticed the oil pan had oil all over the bottom of it (probably from driving an hour home on the freeway last night). :-( I don't have time tonight to figure out where it's coming from but in my very brief look it appears to be coming from front, and most of the oil is on the passenger side components. I'm thinking it may be the forward crankshaft seal (hoping since I think I can replace that without removing the engine or tranny). What worries me is the guy I bought it from was mechanically inclined and he may have figured out where the leak came from which caused him to sell it. Anyway, any advice on how to go about finding the leak site? Also, advice on what maintenance to do (I was planning to flush and change all fluids/filters)? Finally, how much money do you guys think I should drop on this before cutting my losses. I bought the truck expecting some issues and was excited to get more hands-on experience working on cars, but I'm just worried this might be a lost cause. I'd like it to become a decent hunting truck. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
P.S. My Avatar photo is the truck.