Complete oil drained out

Tiny
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  • 1992 FORD TEMPO
All of the oil leaked out of mt 92 topaz when I shut off the ignition after a trip. There was no issue with the car over heating during the trip and the only thing I noticed as was driving was a slight smell of oil. The car is a 92 topaz.
what could the problem be and is it worth fixing?
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 5:41 PM

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Tiny
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You know we can't tell what's leaking over a computer. Someone is going to have to wash the oil off, then check it visually. For such a relatively fast leak, typical suspects are the oil pressure sending unit, valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, and oil filter gasket.

Even though we called these "killer cars" for their steering linkages that commonly fall apart, I would rather see you have it repaired vs. Buying anything much newer. If you read through these forums you'll see how much trouble everyone is having with all of the unnecessary, unreliable, expensive computers. That's why I drive my '88 Grand Caravan daily and on numerous cross-country trips, and I let my newer, less trustworthy vehicles sit at home. Your car only has one quite reliable Engine Computer, and most oil leaks are relatively inexpensive to repair.
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your response. I am having it looked at tomorrow. Thank heavens for bcaa!
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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What's "bcaa"? I'm trying to make that mean "I'm a genius" but I just can't make it fit.
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 10:08 PM
Tiny
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Added note, the "killer car" reference is because of a badly designed ford tie rod end. I'm sure the replacements from auto stores are more reliable/safe. But with a cheap car people tend to drive until it drops before replacing things instead of regular checks and maintenance. This also contributes to catastrophic failure of parts.
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Sunday, July 24th, 2011 AT 12:25 PM

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