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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-07-2019, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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2000 Concorde 3.2L Oil Leak

Hey everyone Iím new to the forum. My daily driver is a 2000 Chrysler Concorde equipped with the 3.2 with 89,000 miles on it. I always noticed it burned some oil and never had a big issue with it until recently. I popped the hood yesterday and noticed oil had spewed out all over the front left side of the engine bay. Is there a seal that commonly goes bad with these before I tear it apart? I believe itís either the front seal or the valve cover but Iím pretty stumped right now just trying to find a leak with it all in one piece. Thanks!
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When you say left side, is that driver’s side or passenger side? The convention is to say left and right as if you are sitting in the car, but not everybody knows that, so thought I’d better ask.

Before suggesting where the leak could be, be aware that if your PCV valve or hoses are clogged, the crankcase will build up a lot of pressure and force oil out of places that normally wouldn’t leak (like the dipstick tube).

The front cover of the MTV valve is a common leak place from a bad o-ring.


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Driverís side, sorry about that. I bought the car in April with 68k for a grand. (Yes I do a lot of driving.) Needed power steering work and some break work. I assume it sat for a long time. Is the O-ring an easy job? Iíll head out to my garage and take another look for the leak right now.
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As far as your mess, are you sure it's engine oil, or is it transmission fluid from one of the cooling lines?
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Its 100% oil, I cleaned it up and let it idle for half an hour to try to find the leak, everything was covered again and I lost half a quart of oil. The cooling lines are on my list though. I plan on replacing them before they bust.
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2nd thought, the T-swivel for the engine oil cooler line is located in that area on the 01 and older models. That is a common point of failure. You can either spend upwards of $120 or so to replace that swivel fitting or take the pressure sending unit and screw it straight into the block, and use an 1/8" pipe plug if I remember right to plug off the port in the oil pan where the return line goes. With the 02+ models, the factory got rid of the engine oil cooler.
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Where is that in relation to the front of the block? It looks like I have a steady spray from near the tensioner.
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And none of this started until I decided to let someone else do my work for me because it was -4į out and I paid for an oil change. Thatís the car gods getting back at me.
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Around this area?
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Hereís two pictures of it running, I donít think thatís just the belt flinging oil because itís saturated already.
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The T-fitting that is known to leak is down below the alternator and a little bit forward from your oil filter.
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The T-fitting that is known to leak is down below the alternator and a little bit forward from your oil filter.
So thereís a 90% chance thatís the leak. Is there a DIY on here for the sending until relocation?
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And none of this started until I decided to let someone else do my work for me because it was -4į out and I paid for an oil change. Thatís the car gods getting back at me.
Have you checked the oil filter to make sure it's tight and that there isn't the old gasket left on the block along with the new one on the new oil filter?
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Thanks everyone for the advice and help on this one. I found the cause of the leak. *sigh* Thanks for the headache, previous owner.
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