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Old 01-11-2004, 02:38 PM   #1
hawksoob
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Default Oil leak location?

So...here's what's going on, apparently.

96 OBW, 2.2L

Oil leak, like many....Oil all over the bottom, occasional smoke and smell, but little or no need to top off. Always near or at full.

Cleaned the engine with Castrol stuff and looked around this morning. The only wet spot is shown in the photo where it says, "Oil drop here."

Also, where it's indicated on the photo, there is separation between the two pieces of PLASTIC at that point. It moves pretty easliy, maybe 1/4 inch from where it is now til where it would be if it were flush. Problem is, the bolt is already way tight. Is there some sort of grommet or bushing or something that should be there? There is the occasional bead of oil at this gap, too.

Anyhoo, exactly what is this? Haynes doesn't really show a good photo or drawing of anything that looks like this. Timing belt cover? Valve cover? Is it easily repairable? Should I bother, considering it's not really that much oil? (Drop or 5 a day ....)

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Old 01-11-2004, 04:32 PM   #2
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It looks like the timing belt cover. It is to prevent crud from getting on the timing belt, not seal oil in.

Leaks could be (in no order of importance)
1-front crank seal
2-oil pump seal
3-cam seal
4-oil pan seal (yes, I know it is outside the timing cover, but there is a lot of air blowing around and may blow oil drops back up)

I would be ready to do all the above when you do the timing belt as there is not much more to take apart.
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Old 01-11-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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Still about 30K left til T-belt is due. Any problem letting it go til then?
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Old 01-12-2004, 11:39 AM   #4
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If the oil quantity loss is minor and you don't smell burning oil (from oil getting on the exhaust) I wouldn't worry about it for now.

Maybe just wait till spring and do all the work yourself.
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:39 PM   #5
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Cool. Thanks for the response.
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:57 PM   #6
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I have the exact same thing happening.
Very little oil loss but the exhaust gets covered and smokes.
What is going to happen if I do not fix it?
I bought the car new in 96 as a winter beater and plan to drive it into the ground...it is paid for.
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:50 PM   #7
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I would at least pull the one side of the timing belt cover and see if there is any oil getting on the belt. 3 10mm bolts is'nt too time consuming.
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