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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 04:18 PM
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Help with Oil Leak?

I have an oil leak on my recently rebuilt 1990 258 I6. Oil is leaking from the back of the oil pan. I replaced the oil pan gasket using a Fel-Pro cork set and it leaked around the rear main and down the passanger side above the starter. I did the job again and had the same results (I am using permatex blue silicone). I did the job a third time and used the 1 piece gasket from the dealer and replaced the rear main seal with a double lip Fel-Pro. Now the pan only leaks around rear main. Oil builds around the back of the pan and then oil drips down from the lip in the pan between the pan and the trans dustshield. I have since resealed the valve cover and checked the connections for my oil pressure and oil filter each seem dry.

How do you tell if the oil is from the rear main or pan gasket?

Has anyone else had this problem? If so how did you fix this?

I have replaced many oil pan gaskets and I have never had this problem.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 06:15 PM
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Re: Help with Oil Leak?

It sounds like the rear main seal is leaking, not the pan gasket.
The crank may have formed a groove where the seal meets it.

You say "recently rebuilt"? Chronic front or rear seal leakage may also be a sign of bearings going bad.
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Re: Help with Oil Leak?

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How do you tell if the oil is from the rear main or pan gasket?

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one way is to use florescent dye. clean the oil pan/ rear main seal area and put florescent die in the oil and follow manufacturers directions. auto stores should have them
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