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Old 09-18-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question Oil Leaks??

I have a 99 LOB and Have been Encountering Issues with seals. I have only 59,300 miles and I have changed my Cam Shaft Seals and did a full tune up after that the leak resided, but its starting up again, anyone have similar issues? or oil leaks?
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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Clean the engine, engine bay and cross member thoroughly and make sure it's the engine that is leaking. I just overhauled my 97 and after driving it a while, it started smoking. It turned out that the boot on the CV joint is cracked and spitting grease onto the exhaust.

It would have been hard to catch if I hadn't cleaned the engine bay while the engine was out. The grease spatter pattern pointed me right to the CV joint.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:52 PM   #3
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All the seals in that motor are crap. Cam, crank, rear main, oil separater, cam cover, cam cover bolts, etc. They all leak about now or sooner. Try some high mileage oil like Castrol GTX or just change as they leak with the new better seals.
Your headgasket will blow soon anyway so you might as well wait until then to replace all the seals.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:19 PM   #4
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I have a 99 LOB and Have been Encountering Issues with seals. I have only 59,300 miles and I have changed my Cam Shaft Seals and did a full tune up after that the leak resided, but its starting up again, anyone have similar issues? or oil leaks?
These engines have a tendency to develop leaks in a number of locations, but the ones that pop up primarily are valve cover seals, and rear main seals. I had a 96 and 98 and they both had rear main seal leaks. It was little annoying, but it only leaked about half a qt ever 3000 miles so I ended up just changing the oil when it got low.

Like DodgeDemon said, you also want to be sure you don't have a CV boot that is cracked. Typically though, it is very easy to tell the difference between a boot leak, and an oil leak. A boot leak will sling little blobs of grease radially outward from the boot, and will look like a splatter.





Sooo, again, like DodgeDemon said, clean up your engine, and then start looking for leaks. If it is valve covers, they can be pretty easily dealt with, if it is rear main seals, or front mainseals it is quite a bit more work, and might not be worth messing with.
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