Hi rtc777. Welcome to the forum. Depending on which engine you have, some common leak points are the oil pan itself, the oil pressure sending unit, and the camshaft front seals, (passenger side), typically on the 3.0L. Don't overlook a loose oil filter too.
The valve covers don't leak very often. The 3.3 / 3.8L doesn't use a gasket. They use a bead of silicone RTV sealer that works really well. The 3.0L uses a rubber reusable gasket. Those can be tightened down just a little when they start leaking. Since your leak is down lower, look first at the oil pan. If you see wetness all the way around it, wash the flange off with engine degreaser and water, drive the vehicle a little, then inspect the area to see if that's where the oil is coming from. Resealing the pan is not very involved. That RTV sealer is all that's needed but the surfaces must be cleaned first. The best material to use that I've found is the gray stuff from the Chrysler dealer's parts department. It will seal even if there is a light film of oil on the surfaces yet. The black stuff stays more rubbery but it absolutely will not form a good seal if any oil residue is still on either surface.
Friday, August 27th, 2010 AT 9:58 PM