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Old 08-15-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Oh NO I have a oil leak

Well today I was driving in the dirt and decided to do a donut. I'm driving home and notice My car is smoking so I stop and see oil dripping from my oil pan. Upon closer inspection I can see That the oil is coming from either the back on the oil pan gasket or somewhere above this. Has anyone had a similar problem? was it the pan gasket or something else? I searched but couldn't find anything useful. Also can the oil pan be removed without unbolting the motor mounts?
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:06 PM   #2
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rear main seal or oil seperator plate.
TO remove oil pan the motor must be lifted.
Motor mount is fastened to cross member by 2 nuts. Not too hard.
There is no oil pan gasket, use rtv or equivalent.

Recently subie gal had an oil leak from her oil pan. A spot weld failed and oil was leaking from there.

Wipe clean and check again after a drive to try to pinpoint the origin of the leak.
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Old 08-16-2006, 10:12 AM   #3
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What is a oil sepaesator plate? Where is it located? The leak is coming from somewhere near the back of the oil pan. Cannot tell if from oil pan or something above it (cross member in the way)
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:05 PM   #4
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turned out to be a busted weld in the oil pan just like subie gals.
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Interresting. That's better than pulling the motor I suppose.
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:38 PM   #6
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turned out to be a busted weld in the oil pan just like subie gals.

sucks doesnt it???

it's just one of those things to look out for i guess


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Old 08-18-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
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Luckily I was close to home and had a few days off work so I was able to fix it myself.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:18 AM   #8
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I have a 97 OBS and had the exact same problem. I pulled the engine and found that the seperator plate was leaking like a sieve. I replaced it with the aluminum one and it still leaked. I thought I had spun a bearing or did something bad in the engine so I replaced the short block, problem went away. I was just looking at an EJ25 I'm rebuilding and noticed that right above where the plate is there's a hole for the breather that goes to the PCV. I am thinking now that there was nothing wrong with the engine except the breather hole was plugged with oil gunk and cause pressure behind the plate and the oil had to go somewhere, right out the seperator plate. If anyone has any comments on this or thinks it may have been something else please let me know.
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