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Old 06-16-2003, 09:46 PM   #1
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Unhappy Leaking Oil Return

My stuff has been on my car for about 2 weeks now, all was fine.

Today I noticed the oil return tube, where its welded to the pan is leaking oil. This was a brand new pan from Ludespeed.

Any ideas on how I can fix this (hopefully without having to remove the whole pan again ) . Ive temporarly patched it with some RTV sealant (All I had) to see if it can stop the leak at all.
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Old 06-16-2003, 11:02 PM   #2
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How bout some JB Weld? Just make sure you clean the area real good before applying it.
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Old 06-17-2003, 12:17 AM   #3
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I've used JB Weld for that before as well. I found out later that the rear freeze plugs on the pass side of the motor (behind the flywheel) was leaking instead. Drove me nuts for ages until I got that figured out and pulled the motor to fix it (and install my kit again).
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Old 06-17-2003, 09:32 AM   #4
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I got RTV on mine for a year now and it works great.
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Old 06-17-2003, 11:59 PM   #5
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The weld fails when you screw the fittings in to the tube, from flex.

The only way to (fix) it is to re-weld it and why your at it, add a brace from the tube to the pan. Better yet cut the tube down to a nub and weld that on and zip tie the oil line so it dosen't get damaged.

Or, you can RVT it like I did. (over a year)
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Old 06-18-2003, 01:17 AM   #6
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RTV will work if you don't mind it being ghetto. That stuff is amazing...it's like cement after it dries!

I actually used it instead of exhaust gaskets for my up and down pipe...

Which has since burned up and failed


The good news is it's barely noticable with my MASSIVE exhaust leak ala wastegate dump
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Old 06-18-2003, 09:43 AM   #7
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RTV will work if you don't mind it being ghetto. That stuff is amazing...it's like cement after it dries!

I actually used it instead of exhaust gaskets for my up and down pipe...

Which has since burned up and failed


The good news is it's barely noticable with my MASSIVE exhaust leak ala wastegate dump
You shouldn't use RTV on your exhaust, I will damage the O2 sensors. Happened to me except my RTV never burned up because it was a really high temperature one.
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Old 06-18-2003, 12:24 PM   #8
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Interesting, didn't know that. Definately won't be doing that anymore.
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Old 06-18-2003, 04:47 PM   #9
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RTV will work if you don't mind it being ghetto.

What the ----- who you calling ghetto? I think of it as resourceful.

I had my pan re-welded 2 times and JB weld on it. The RVT has held for over a year. You have to clean the pan and pipe really good with rubbing alcohol for it to seal.
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Old 06-18-2003, 06:25 PM   #10
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No shame man, like I said RTV is some serious stuff. I used it on almost everything which has turned out to not be so smart...

But for all my intake stuff and my oil return line its just plain peachy. Actually, I used a bulkhead fitting instead of getting a weld fitting put on the pan...I just globbed some of that stuff on there and tightened her down realllll good. I did that back in Dec. and it hasn't leaked a drop!
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