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So, 735 miles on my 2022 CFTP. Changed oil at 650 miles, I reused O-rings on filter housing and oil leaked there. Replaced them with new, no more leak there. Went on a drive yesterday and noticed burning oil smell. Got home and here's the result. Somehow, oil is leaking down the manifold, engine mount and onto the belly pan. As you can see in the photos, there's oil on the exhaust manifold studs. Not sure how oil would get that high up on the motor.

Belly pan is off, ran car on jack stands, cant find the leak. Plan on driving it in the next couple days once it is dry out hoping that getting it hot and getting good oil pressure will expose the leak. Appreciate you all's thoughts.

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Seems like it has to be the valve cover. Only way oil could leak on top of the manifold that I can think of.
 

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Is there any chance that oil splashed up on those areas? Or possibly dripped from a dipstick or during refill?
 

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Is there any chance that oil splashed up on those areas? Or possibly dripped from a dipstick or during refill?
Unfortunately not. Based on the photo I just posted seems like it’s definitely coming from the valve cover. @Goose17 have you heard/seen anyone have this happen?
 

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Unfortunately not. Based on the photo I just posted seems like it’s definitely coming from the valve cover. @Goose17 have you heard/seen anyone have this happen?
Oh shit I see that one now! Make that appointment at the dealership hopefully it hasn’t caused any damage!
 

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Oh shit I see that one now! Make that appointment at the dealership hopefully it hasn’t caused any damage!
Going to start calling tomorrow and see if I can find a good one to take it to.
Don’t think it could’ve done harm. I’ve been checking oil level while I’ve been trying to pinpoint the issue.
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Going to start calling tomorrow and see if I can find a good one to take it to.
Don’t think it could’ve done harm. I’ve been checking oil level while I’ve been trying to pinpoint the issue.
Bummed!
Ask when you call if they have a certified GT tech. Those guys get more schooling than an MD and know all Ford Performance vehicles very well. My dealer has a GT Master Tech who it the only one allowed to touch my Shelby’s.

At least you caught it before it became a big problem congrats on that! It sucks but it’s probably a pinched/broken seal.
 

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Unfortunately not. Based on the photo I just posted seems like it’s definitely coming from the valve cover. @Goose17 have you heard/seen anyone have this happen?
Haven’t seen anything like this across social media Cole. I moved your post here to our problems section. Hopefully the problem and subsequent fix is something quick/easy. Please let us know what the dealer finds out.
 

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Haven’t seen anything like this across social media Cole. I moved your post here to our problems section. Hopefully the problem and subsequent fix is something quick/easy. Please let us know what the dealer finds out.
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Just seems like too much of a coincidence that there is this oil that appears immediately after you’ve changed your oil by yourself for the first time and noted that you had an oil leak because you did not use a new O-ring on the first try. If your car is still up on the jackstands maybe get in the air and dry off all the oil you see including the immediate filter housing area and above where you see it splattered go out and take some drive and then come back and see if the new loyal has appeared or drip down anywhere my money is on the fact that it probably did not and it was just user error on the first go around when changing the oil.😉
 

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Just seems like too much of a coincidence that there is this oil that appears immediately after you’ve changed your oil by yourself for the first time and noted that you had an oil leak because you did not use a new O-ring on the first try. If your car is still up on the jackstands maybe get in the air and dry off all the oil you see including the immediate filter housing area and above where you see it splattered go out and take some drive and then come back and see if the new loyal has appeared or drip down anywhere my money is on the fact that it probably did not and it was just user error on the first go around when changing the oil.😉
Thanks for the thoughts. Unfortunately, I tried this and the problem persisted. Starting to think original leak was not from the filter housing and actually the valve covers leaking down and giving the perception that the leak was occurring at the filter housing.

I took a video yesterday and could see drops of oil forming where the valve cover meets the head. The most-recent photo I posted was a screenshot of that video.
 

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Just by looking at pic and seeing these 3 drips at the studs would tell me either rubber VC gasket NG or its loose. Have you tried to tighten the VC bolts?
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A little and they were tight. Small(ish) bolts and aluminum spooks me. If I knew what they were suppose to be torqued to I would’ve tried that though. Bought a workshop manual today. Awaiting it.
 

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Update: Tearing things down to replace valve cover seal and found the culprit. Torn spark plug seal. Interesting. Would make sense to assume this occurred when the valve cover was installed. Appears as if it was torn by the spark plug tube.
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Update: Tearing things down to replace valve cover seal and found the culprit. Torn spark plug seal. Interesting. Would make sense to assume this occurred when the valve cover was installed. Appears as if it was torn by the spark plug tube. View attachment 243007
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Bravo man that’s a great catch!! You probably helped many other members if that becomes an issue in the future.
 

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@AZ21GT500 thanks and hope so! Turns out the fix for this is a new valve cover, which shockingly are only $200. The tool to press the old seal out and the new one in are $400! These aluminum valve covers are on what appears to be eternal backorder which really sucks…
 

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@AZ21GT500 thanks and hope so! Turns out the fix for this is a new valve cover, which shockingly are only $200. The tool to press the old seal out and the new one in are $400! These aluminum valve covers are on what appears to be eternal backorder which really sucks…
That absolutely sucks! So are you paying or is Ford paying? I’d be calling Romeo and say hey y’all goofed this up, cough up a ready to go valve cover stat!
 
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