1995 Ford Mustang battery/oil leakage

Tiny
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1995 Ford Mustang V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Hello,

I have a 1995 Ford Mustang and tonight the battery died on me on the freeway. Managed to pull it off the road and waited for a friend to come to give a push-start. Battery is not completelly dead but we noticed some oil leakage under car. Didn't want to start so I got a tow truck and took it home. Is it something wrong with the electric wiring? Or oil tank, or the engine?It didn't click for the jump-start. We tried many times. Did oil got into the engine?How bad is the problem? How much money will cost to fix it?I am afraid not to be a big engine issue problem. Please help with an honest answer.
Thanks,
Cheers,
Ovi
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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 12:15 AM

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Tiny
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Is it motor oil, trans fluid, battery acid. That you saw under the car? Also, can you tell me aprox where it was located in relationship to the engine?

Joe
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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 1:42 AM
Tiny
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Hi Joe,

First the battery isn't quite dead because it made sparks but when in ignition,the motor doesn't start even having the jump start cables on the battery...The oil leak is under the engine and after checking the oil dipstick it didn't show much on it though it was full a month ago when I went to Midas for changing gasket and oil filter,water pump,cooling system inspected .They said it is all fine...and today I had the problems above.They didn't say anything bad about battery either...the leakage isn't very big but still left a mark about 5-8" on the ground.Please help.

Ovi


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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 1:54 AM
Tiny
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That is interesting language. I've never seen it before. If it shows up again, please ignore it and I will get back with you. I'll report it to the owner of the site.

AS far as your car, first, nice picture. I would love to have one. Regardless, I need you to first make sure the battery is fully charged. If you have a volt meter, simply check how many volts the battery is producing. Then have a helper try to start the engine. See if there is a large drop in voltage.

Let me know what you find. By the way, as long as there was oil on the dipstick, I doubt there is any major problems with the engine, even with the small oil leak you saw.

Let me know about the battery and then we'll move on.

Joe
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 12:27 AM
Tiny
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Hi Joe,
I mostly appreciate the fact that you wrote me. Also the fact that you took some of your time trying to find a soultion to my problem. Today(01.09)a friend of mine was supposed to come over and look at my battery and engine and oil etc but couldn't make it so he'll come for sure Monday morning to see in daylight clearly what is all about. So for now, I cannot tell you anything.I am sorry, but I'll get back to you Monday. The engine was rebuilt before I bought the car but I noticed that the battery is kinda rusty at the connections. It does have juice in it because it made big sparks when my friend touched it by accident with his wrench. The lights on the board are still functioning when the key is in ignition BUT when you want to start the car it doesn't. And this scares me that the engine might have problems and I know it could be lots of $$$ to fix it.I still hope it's not the case. Yes, oil still remains on the dipstick, not much but like 1". Anyways when we looked at everything was last night and couldn't see well and we could have had an idea today in the daylight but my friend couldn't make it and will remain for Monday to do this and afterwards I'll write you again.I think it might be something cracked related with oil, maybe the pan or gasket or could be sparks?But then again why would it leak oil?I don't know.I wish I could. It's like being sick. There are LOTS of doctors in a hospital but why do people would like to be taken care ONLY by certain Dr. In particular? Because he's the best!With cars and mechanics is the same. There are many out there but very few real honest and good in their work. Thanks again.

PS: My friend will bring tools and instruments etc. He knows about cars not like me!He tries to help me so we could find the problem and then we'll know what it has to be done before a mechanic starts. Guessing and adding more $ to other. Things he thinks might have to be changed. You know, there are some doctors that prescribe the wrong medicine but they think they're always right.

Thanks for liking my little old pony. Poor guy. He ran a lot from 95 till now that he's a full grown horsey:):)
have a great weekend,
Cheers,
Ovi
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 2:51 AM
Tiny
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I'm glad to help. Honestly, let me know what you find after your friend looks it over for you. I'm not interested in making money, but rather helping. I have a feeling the engine is fine and there is a problem with the ignition switch, starter, or starter relay. Have your friend check those things. In fact, if you are there, have him check for power to the small wire on the starter while you turn the key to the start position. He should get 12+ volts. If he does, have him remove the starter (disconnect the battery first), and take the starter to a parts store. Every store that I have ever been too has will bench test them for free.

If there is no power, ask him/her to check for power to the starter relay. If there is power in and not out, replace the relay (a cheap fix). If there is no power to the relay, then we need to check the ignition switch on the steering column (not the tumbler where the key goes, but rather the electrical switch that the tumbler attaches to).

Let me know what you find, and don't worry. Based on everything you mentioned, I feel confident the engine is fine. The oil you see could be a slight leak from the drain plug, oil filter, oil pan gasket. Small oil leaks are very common on cars when they start getting older. Speaking of luck, I live in Pennsylvania. I have a huge brake fluid leak. It's 2 degrees and I just went down my driveway, hit the brakes, felt a pop, and the pedal almost went to the floor. Not a good feeling. It's old, but always runs. It's an old Dakota with 220K on it and I use it to plow my driveway, so I need it. I'm starting to hate snow. Even though I need to fix it now, I look at it like this. I have no car payment, it always gets me where I have to go, and if I have to put a few bucks in it from time to time, it's better than a 4 or 5 hundred dollar car payment every month. IT's a 93, so it has served me well, and I plan to keep it for another 100K.

Ovi, I have to ask where you are from. I noticed that you ended your note with "Cheers". Over the years, I have had many people end their post with that and was wondering if you are in a different country, or where the dialect is from. You can let me know if you want. If you don't, I understand.

Take care, don't worry, and I'll be looking for your post on Monday.

Joe
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 9:39 PM
Tiny
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Hi Joe,

Thanks for writing again. As I wrote you, I cannot tell you anything now but will do tomorrow and I'll tell my friend to do as you said.I'll be short this time and will answer to your question about myself:)I am originary from Romania but left it 27 years ago to seek freedom from the communist regime at the time in the country and all south of Europe in gact. It was the times of Brezhnev and it was fill blown communism times, dictatorial so I had to leave to be free. Other time I'll tell you more:)I am a professional artist for 25 years and worked for 11 years for Marvel Comics and I was one of their comic books artist so I can say I had my fame for years:):)and then I left and for 10 years I do storyboards(kinda not different from comics)in the advertising business for TV commercials and for sure you've seen a lot on TV and had no idea who drew them before they were shot into a a commercial by a director and with actors:)

Well, because it's winter to your place and snow(here in CA is NICE and sunny:):))when you'll get the chance take a look at my website: www. Oviart. Com

I am sorry for your car.I hope you can fix it soon.I always end with "cheers" because this is tipical in UK, so all the red coats(aka as Brits:):))use this ending. Maybe because I have friends in London and they are owners of 2 agencies that are representing me as artist in UK.I am also rep. In NYC and of course here in L.A.

Later my friend and have a great week ahead and.
Cheers:):)
Ovi
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 10:10 PM
Tiny
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All I can say is WOW! What a life. I now feel bad you left your home, but am happy you did. The USA got a great and talented person. I looked at your site and it is great! You are truly an artist, and yes I recognized many of the pictures. Believe it or not, I'm a school teacher. I teach 11th and 12 grade English. I do have the students create a story board for an advertisement unit that I teach, but I could learn a lot from you. My sister is an art teacher. So even though we are far apart, we closer than you think. My family came from Italy. My parents moved here in 1950. However, that is nothing compared to what you lived through.

Being a teacher, I have a few students that want to study Art and are great at it. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations? I live in a small town, so many of the people here are not too wealthy, but have kids with great talent, but not too much money to send them to good schools which is upsetting. I try to help them any way I can.

Listen, I would love to talk more with you. However, could you email me at jfelicia@wiu.K12. Pa. Us That is my personal email. That way I can keep personal emails off this site.

By the way, I do have my ASE Master Certification in auto mechanics. I was a purchasing agent and technical consultant (auto fleet department) for the Xerox Corp. For 6 years before I got my certification to teach in PA. Now, 14 years into teaching, I wouldn't trade it for anything, but I still love working on cars. That is why I work on this site.

Regardless, I look forward to hearing from you, and enjoy the warm weather. I envy you.

And by the way, based on your work, why are you driving a Mustang? You should be in a Ferrari!

Joe
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