I have a 2004 Ford Escape Limited V6 3.0 165,000 miles i have a small oil leak - but constantly check the levels and fill as needed - oil pressure light comes on intemittently - any ideas why

Asked by Jan 12, 2017 at 09:52 PM about the 2004 Ford Escape Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm the original owner - have always maintained my oil changes as I know
that not changing the oil or running the car low on oil is one of the worst
things you can do to the car - I have had an oil leak for some time now - it's
not a bad leak and I constantly check the oil level and fill as needed - as
you know finding where the oil is leaking from is a chore in itself and costly-
I am on disability and can't afford to fix the problem right now - the oil
pressure light on the dash comes on intermittently (oil level is full when this
happens) any idea what could be wrong - not sure this is related but I've
also been smelling an intermittent burning smell when I run the heater - it's
coming from the vent - my ex is a mechanic and suggested that the smell
could be the oil leak hitting the exhaust thus causing the fumes (he has not
physically inspected the car) - the smell is not prevalent every time I use
the heat- as I said it's intermittent - I've put close to $1,500 in repairs on
various other issues since June - I cannot afford a new car not can I afford
another major repair - HELP please - any ideas?

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I would put a oil seal softener in the oil. This will help slow down the leak or even fix it for a while. Just go to you local parts store and ask them what to put in. It is possible the burning smell is oil burning off. Also have someone snug up the valve cover bolts. All this aut to help very cheaply.

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