Your engine side gasket could be leaking. It is right below the spark plugs. Or valve cover gasket. Or oil galley plug is starting to go. All are in area of plugs. Plugs should not be leaking.I had the oil pan gasket (12151-61011) replaced the other day. Was a bit out of my capability right now, technically not allowed to do wet work at my current rental so I took it to Pro Auto in St. George.
So far very happy with the results:
I'm still getting some oil accumulating on the bell hosing, but its a lot less than before. It could be another (slower) leak, or just leftover oil from the oil pan leaking its way out. Not sure.
Only other wet spot is under/around the spark plugs. Do those leak? Any other common 3FE leaks?
Things have slowed down enough to actually make a oil dye test worth while.
Oh also, while I was getting the oil changed, I threw on a neodymium magnet oil pan plug:
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I don't think you need any lubrication on a rubber bushing, no.Changed out the sway bar bushings today. Very easy, just some WD4, and a socket and impact wrench. Newbie question I had was if I needed to jack the car up to do it, and the answer is no! Sway bars are not weight bearing. Also, detaching sway bars on trails for extra flex/clearance seems to be a common tactic, but most of you probably know that.
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I used 48815-30050 for the front swaybar and 48815-30080 for the rear swaybar. The rear one seemed slightly too big, compared to the front bushings, but generally appear to be serving their purpose fine. It could be because I have a full float rear axel and it needs a different bushing? Are you supposed to grease these before putting them on?