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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Mystery oil leak

I have an 87 with an oil leak that it can't pinpoint. It appears to come from the area around the distributor or the rear of the head. I can't find a point of origin. I go through a qt. of oil every 50 miles! Due to this, I would expect to see a steady drip while the engine is running, but don't see one.
Also, I suspect the O2 sensor is bad. I sometimes hear a knock while I am accelerating, but not all the time. Prior to the knock I replaced the plugs, wires, rotor and cap, and checked the timing. Also replaced the restrictive breather box for a K&N conical filter, all of which increased mpg about 4.
Could the sensor be the problem or is there something else causing it?
All input is appreciated
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 08:53 AM
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Re: Mystery oil leak

try this http://www.petroworks.com/leaky_distributor.htm

I have to do it myself......I get little puddles of oil everywhere I park and I am pretty sure it is the disty - just haven't had a chance to change the O-Ring yet.
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Re: Mystery oil leak

Dude... Nutman.... I'm beginning to think you stole my truck.

EXACTLY the same probls I'm having.

lets put our heads together and fix em both.
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Re: Mystery oil leak

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Pugrocker sent me this link.

http://www.petroworks.com/leaky_distributor.htm

I think that it should help both of us. Doesn't look like it takes too long either and the cost of two O-rings is cheaper than a qt. of oil.
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Re: Mystery oil leak

Pug,
Thanks bro! I figured that it would be harder than it is. I will do it tomorrow.
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Re: Mystery oil leak

Nuttman (and others) who are doing this fix: DO NOT use generic o-rings from NAPA or a hardware store! Use OEM SGP o-rings. Other o-rings are too thick, and when you tighten down the housing bolts you will crack the housing. (Ask me how I know this!)
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I couldnt find a fact o-ring so I used the red perm a flex sealant. Hasnt leaked since. just a thought.
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Re: Mystery oil leak

Go to your local GM dealer and get a O-ring for a 1.6 8v track/kick. It is the same as the 1.3. Cost a about a $1.
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