96 T-bird oil leak

I have a 96 T-bird with a 4.6L V8 that has 114,000 miles on it. My wife went out ot warm up the car one morning and after she pulled out I noticed a rather large pool of oil. Of course she is not driving it
now.
The leak looks as if it is coming from the oil sending unit area, I changed the oil sending unit and it still leaks. The next step would be to remove the part that holds the oil filter and replace the gasket. My Haynes book does not cover this area very well and I am not sure what is on the otherside of this part. Does this connect to the oil pump on the inside of the engine? Is it safe to remove this, inspect it for cracks adn replace the gasket? Nothing will fall into the engine? Thansk for your help.
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rstettne wrote:

See: http://www.lincolnsonline.com/article41.html
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You Should just be able to drop the oil pan, clean it up and install a new gasket, that is typically the cause of most oil leaks, its not to hard, if you don't want to get dirty I doubt it would cost to much to take it in and have a mechanic change it for you
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Hmmm when is the last time you did that?
"just drop the oil pan...."
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Backyard Mechanic wrote:

On the 4.6L engine oil leak, it's almost always this: http://www.lincolnsonline.com/article41.html
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I GOT it, Cooke-ie! But that looks complicated, mebbe he ought'a JUST drop the oil pan and check it FIRST?
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Backyard Mechanic wrote:

Why would you drop the pan to check for a leak that's FORWARD of the pan? Anyway, on these Ford 4.6L engines, the leak in the area described is from the adapter gasket maybe 95% of the time; it's just a bad design.
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On 26 Nov 2005 10:05:49 -0800, "rstettne"

My bet is on the oil filter adapter to block gasket since I have seen several including my own 4.6L fail. Beware, the gasket at the dealer is close on $20US but, it is about the ouly one worth installing unless you just like doing the job.
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I once had a 79 Ford truck that started leaking like that and it was the oil sending unit. I know you said it was changed, but maybe didn't seal good enough? Good luck.
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Well, I *hope* it's the oil filter adapter gasket ...
It couldn't -possibly- be a blown rear-main seal. There's no 4.6 L's on the face the planet that've ever blown a rear-main seal. :-)
If possible, run it until it's fully warmed up, put it on a lift ASAP, take a light and look for significant seepage.
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