1995 Dodge Caravan massive oil leak

Tiny
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I have an old 1995 dodge caravan 203,000 miles, v6, automatic trans.
im having oil shooting all the way back my chassis to the tailpipe.
i cant tell where its coming from
there is a hose thats not connected above the oil pump?(If you are under it head pointing toward the rear its up tpwards the right before the firewall) I cant tell where the hose goes and it doesnt look like it goes to anything right there.
im no mechanic by far.
im a carpenter so im lost pretty much.
there is part of a gasket missing from the left side of my oil pan against my transmission?(I dont know if its the tranny or not honestly) if you are underneath head facing the rear.
can anyone please help me figure this out?
thanx all.
jack
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 8:25 PM

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Tiny
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Hey Jack (now of all trades),

You may need to clean off the areas soaked to see what is going on. ( Make sure the level is up.)
One heavy leaker can be the oil sending unit.

The hose you refer to sounds like the a/c drain hose.

Carpentry was my old habit. Carpenters have it all over mechanics!

Feel free to post pics.
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 8:30 PM
Tiny
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What should I use to clean it up?
Its everywhere man cant figure out where to start lol.
And where is the oil sending unit and what does it look like?
Sorry for all the questions.
Thanx for the info
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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It's close to the oil filter and has a wiring harness going to it. The best way to clean the engine is have a shop steam clean it. But you can get away with using brake clean also. Plan on a half dozen cans of it and you might want to put something down to catch the mess. Keep in mind, that you need to be most concerned with the highest point of oil leakage and take care of those first as "oil runs downhill".

Valve covers and the oil sender would be my first suspicions.

Feel free to ask as much as necessary, post pics or whatever.
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Friday, June 8th, 2007 AT 5:20 AM
Tiny
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Im gonna go get started now
thanx for all the input
ill reply the outcome when I get finished
thanx,
jack
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Friday, June 8th, 2007 AT 2:22 PM
Tiny
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I cleaned it up somewhat put in some oil and started it up
looked around up top and didnt see anything
went underneath for a while and the only spot that was really dripping(i spilled a little when I put oil in) was by the oil pan gasket onto the(pump?) And thought maybe it was leaking from the gasket to there and getting thrown all over by the belt
havent heard any squealing though
i also saw some flow from around the oil filter aread(under it on the motor) but thought this might be my spill
any input on this one guys?
Thanx,
jack
p.S.
The brake cleaner works like a champ by the way
used about a can and a half just to get the bad stuff and it worked miracles
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Friday, June 8th, 2007 AT 8:18 PM
Tiny
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It's hard to know for sure sometimes where the oil is coming from. If it looks like the pan gasket, then change it out. You may find a good size void in it when it comes off. IF it still exists after that, it may be the front crank seal that is just above the pan. Hard to say.
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Saturday, June 9th, 2007 AT 4:15 AM
Tiny
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Thanx for all the info so far
youve been more helpful than anyone else by far
i need to find the steps to take the pan and replace it the right way somewhere
the mounts are in the way and looks like I need to take alot apart to get to some bolts.
If you have any input let me know
thanx,
jack
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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 4:07 PM

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