Article 02-20-4 is being republished in its entirety as part of a consolidated 7.3L diagnostic aid booklet.
The valley in the top of the crankcase has a drain hole machined slightly to the right of center at the rear. Any leak in the "vee" of the engine could result in a drippage down the back of the engine. This leak could be perceived as an oil leak in the rear of the engine including, but not limited to, the rear main crankshaft seal and oil pan gasket.
Most oil leaks occur at a seal. Oil flows downhill. Start looking for the leak at the top front of the engine and work toward the rear and then down the back of the block. The majority of suspected main seal leaks are actually oil flowing down the back of the block from the engine valley. The valley in the top of the crankcase has a drain hole machined slightly to the right of center at the rear. Any leak in the "V" of the engine could result in a drippage from the rear crankshaft seal area. The engine receives an ultraviolet leak detector dye in the initial factory oil fill to assist you in leak detection before the first oil change. A black light is required to illuminate the ultraviolet leak detector dye.
Oil leaks flow downhill. Start looking at the top for anything that leaks in the "V" of the drains to the back and down the rear of the engine.
Visually inspect plugs, fittings, and hose clamps for seepage.
There is no high-pressure oil at the head gasket. Replacement of the head gasket seal is not likely to repair a leak.
Check for loose connections and missing "O-ring" seals.
If a leak is suspected at the high-pressure pump, inspect the mounting gasket for imperfections in the seal bead. Replacing the high-pressure pump is not a suitable repair for an oil leak. Replace only the gasket. The gasket is torque sensitive. The correct torque is between 17-19 Lb-ft (23-26 N.m).
A slight film of oil and dust at the junction of the halves of the turbocharger is normal. It does not call for service action unless it is dripping.
A small amount of oil in the intake deposited by the positive crankcase ventilation system is normal.
1998-2003 E-SERIES HIGH PRESSURE OIL PUMP ACCESS PROCEDURE (DISASSEMBLY)
2000-2003 F6501750 HIGH PRESSURE OIL PUMP ACCESS PROCEDURE (DISASSEMBLY)
(ALL VEHICLES) HIGH PRESSURE OIL PUMP 0-RING SEAL REPLACEMENT
1998-2003 E-SERIES (REASSEMBLY)
2000-2003 F650/750 (REASSEMBLY)
FINAL CHECK (ALL VEHICLES)