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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 10:00 PM
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Oil leak location?

Well on my Labor day off, during my holiday labor, I found several things that need to be addressed. Most important is an oil leak. I'll try to explain it completely.

The front driveshaft is soaked in oil. The starter is wet around the mounting surface, and there is a small drip from the bottom of the transmission. The transfer case is also covered, but I think that is just from the wind.

Now I think it is the rear main oil seal because there are no other obvious places that are wet. Would the rear seal leak into the flywheel place and get onto the starter? I am almost completely certain it is not the valve cover. It is an aftermarket chrome job with the mother of all RTV applications holding it on.

Thank you for your help.

By the way, has anyone noticed the BBS being REALLY SLOW?


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-04-2000, 10:21 PM
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Re: Oil leak location?

You might look up a little higher also. With my 401 the back of the intake is leaking, causing a mess just like you describe. Since you have a 6, I doubt thats the case, maybe a valve cover leak, but I am sure you allready checked that. More than likely your rear main seal, like you said. I have noticed this site loads slow, but so does everything else. My computer crashed last week, and I just figured it was from that. It seems to load faster the more pages I do. I can't figure it out.

Thanks, Ray

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Re: Oil leak location?

Check to be sure it is oil and not gear lube give it the sniff test.could be leaking out and running down the front shaft and blowing all over.could be from the shift rail seals or the pinion seal,or the front seal of the trans and leaking down through the bellhousing.
if you can't be sure degrease the whole under side,and back by the firewall rear of the engine. take it for a short spin and recheck for the leaks origin.

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