Oil leak from the oil pan!
Took advantage of the long weekend to try and solve the leak from the lower half of the motor. Removed the pan, scraped the old sealant off and installed a new gasket on the oil pan. Tightened everything down and ran it for about 10 min. without leaks. Yeah it's fixed right? Nosir. On my way to work today I watched the oil pressure drop to about 45 psi(while traveling at 65mph in 5th @4K) and then idle just below 20 psi. I know the pressure will drop when the motor gets hot- but not this much. And sure enough, there was new oil on the steering components. So where did I go wrong?
My thoughts- I did not apply sealant to the block side, only the pan side, and then sandwiched the cork gasket between it- could that be it? Should I reapply a second layer of sealant between gasket and block? What type would you recommend?
Also- I noticed at the front of the pan, just below the timing belt cover, there is a rubber type of gasket that seemed like it was not sealing. What is this "gasket" for? I thought it was just to prevent blow by oil,dirt and dust getting into the engine(kinda like the lower bell housing cover). It seems like the leak is somewhere in the front of the pan or maybe in this mysterious area- Anyone else have leaks from here? Whats involved in fixing this? I'm in a pickle as the zook is now the daily driver and I dont want to be blowing oil like the Exxon Valdez. Any advice is greatly appreciated
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