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Old 12-04-2010
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Got a couple of questions that i figured i'd just pile into one post. First one being, how hard is the front mail seal to change? Was doing an oil change and noticed the leak, its a very small one, but idk how long it will stay small. This is my DD, so it cant be down for long at all.

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second, is the shift **** from 4th gen rangers (non Fx4) interchangeable with my year? (1997) I'm talking about the ***** with 12345 instead of 1234 OD.

Truck details in sig, has 146,7xx miles.
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Are you even sure that it's a front main? It could just as easily be a corner on your pan gasket. Those areas are prone to leaks on a lot of engines because of the way the pan gasket is designed. People sometimes don't use enough gasket sealer on the corners of the pan near the crank..


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pretty sure its the front main, oil pans never been off, and the leak doesn't spread to the edges.
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Well you could always confirm it to be sure. Wash it down with some soap and a rag at the carwash first, then look for a leak as soon as it warms up...


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Also check the Valve Covers for leaks.

I do not know in the 3.0 or 4.0 but in a 5.0L the Front Seal is in the Timing chain Cover and is pressed in. You would need to remove most of the accessories on the front of the engine and then get a tool to pull the seal (maybe you could get it from the bottom easier); you shouldn’t have to remove the Timing Chain Cover. The new Seal will require a small hammer to tap it in place but there shouldn’t be any big problems.
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Nope, i just take off the crank pulley on this one and its all right there im pretty sure. I have access to a lift and a ton of tools so it shouldnt be to hard then.

I have no intention of removing the timing chain cover, ever really. my haynes manual says the engine has to come out, which i doubt, but it still looks like a lot of work. If the timing chain ever goes, the whole truck will just be sold. I know the valve cover leaks, but it leaks in the back of the engine.

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Does anyone know about the shift ***** being interchangeable?
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if thats coming out from behind your harmonic balancer, pm me and i will help you out tomorrow. I just replaced mine in my 4.0 SOAHC, but im sure its not too differenant than your OHV
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That is where its coming from.
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