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rogracer2
Dirt Maniac

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posted May 13, 2005 06:27 AM  
When the car is sitting in the garage, there is a very slow oil drip coming down off the front of the motor. However, when I'm racing, when I come off the track there is oil all over the front of the motor, and is dripping pretty fast down the front of the motor. I've looked and looked, and I can't figure out where the leak is coming from. Does anyone have any experience on where the most common oil leak locations are?

redneck racing
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posted May 13, 2005 06:47 AM  
You can put some dye in the oil and see where it is coming from, look at the valve covers or maybe the timing chain cover. Eddie

mrteeshot
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posted May 13, 2005 07:00 AM  
some times if the engine doesnt breath proper ya can get a leak at the front intake gaskets this is what it sounds like to me what do you have for breathers on your valve covers ?

rev er up and watch where the intake meets the block and see if it is bubbling there

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Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

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posted May 13, 2005 07:44 AM  
Look at the front seal around crank. But most of all you might need to clean where the pan and timing cover come together and put some silicone there and let it sit overnite.

Clyde Torkel
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posted May 13, 2005 08:30 AM  
If the oil comes from the lower right front see if you left out the two bolts in front of the fuel pump. The top hole is drilled all the way through to the pump push rod. Some oil will weep out if the bolt is not there. If you need more crank case vent it will blow out. Too long of a bolt will jam the push rod. 1/2 to 3/4 long X 3/8-16 is the right size.

rogracer2
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posted May 13, 2005 12:14 PM  
[QUOTE]Originally posted by mrteeshot:
[B] what do you have for breathers on your valve covers ?

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I have 2 breathers on the drivers side valve cover - nothing on the passenger side.

To help further describe where the oil is - it is on the passenger side upper control arm, and the front of the passenger side valve cover. But - I don't see a leak right there by the valve cover.

sideways
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posted May 13, 2005 05:19 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by Clyde Torkel:
If the oil comes from the lower right front see if you left out the two bolts in front of the fuel pump. The top hole is drilled all the way through to the pump push rod. Some oil will weep out if the bolt is not there. If you need more crank case vent it will blow out. Too long of a bolt will jam the push rod. 1/2 to 3/4 long X 3/8-16 is the right size.
is this bolt in place if not it will leak breathers or not.?


97dirt
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posted May 13, 2005 05:26 PM  
Check fuelpump

rogracer2
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posted May 13, 2005 09:06 PM  
There is a bolt in the top hole in front of the fuel pump. I took it out and put some sealant on it to make sure that isn't the problem. The lower hole doesn't actually end up inside the motor - I can stick my finger in the back side of the hole!

What about the fuel pump? Could oil come out there?

merlinmech2
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posted May 14, 2005 06:14 AM  
could if your pump is cracked. probably coming from between the oil pan and timing cover. clean it off good, put an extra quart of oil in it, rev it to about 3000 and you will find it.

racer17j
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posted May 14, 2005 07:04 AM  
it could also be the head gasket leaking then the engine heats up the gap opens and lets it run out when it is just sittin git is just allowing the oil on the engine to run off. keep in mind the fan will blow the oil every where so it is fun to try and trace on the front end of the engine. just my 2 cents

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Burque
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posted May 18, 2005 10:40 AM  
I had a similar problem on my streetcar. It would barley drip but under load it would hit my headers and all the way back. It was my front seal on the oil pan. Between the timing cover and the pan.

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