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  • stevehen
  • 1999 Ford Puma
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • manual
  • 90,000 miles

What is the source of an oil leak in a 1999 Puma 1.7 engine. Significant amount of oil appears in the valley where spark plugs are located. Is it a bad head gasket? If not, what is it? If a head gasket problem, apprx how expensive is it to fix?

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Monday, May 16th, 2011 AT 5:14 AM

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First check all the lines on the top end to make sure non of them are leaking. I can't say this is correct for you to do but what I do is pressure wash the engine and clean out all the oil. This way after I ran it for a little while I could tell where the oil was coming from. Sometimes the valve covers leak if the get even a little loose check for tightness. Do not over tighten! If you suspect it is a head gasket get a compression check done. This will tell where and if there is a problem.

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