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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:18 pm 
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hi there , i have a oil leak at the front of the motor in a 95 ef, i thought it was the front timing cover balancer seal and replaced it , but leak is still there, it seems to be leaking on drivers front of engine as alternator is oily and oil running down lfront lip of sump,but a bit hard to tell as the belt is flicking oil around, is there any common areas on the front of the motor that would cause this problem? any help appreciated
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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:22 pm 
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have ya checked this one cos on my el it leaked from this bolt when i put it all back together

 

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:28 pm 
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sure its not power steering? i'd say give it a degrease then run round the block and try to see where its coming from.can tell if its power steering by smelling it(it has a distinct smell)and it usually retains a redish colour.
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 Post subject: Re: ef oil leak
Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:38 pm 
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hi there , i have a oil leak at the front of the motor in a 95 ef, i thought it was the front timing cover balancer seal and replaced it , but leak is still there, it seems to be leaking on drivers front of engine as alternator is oily and oil running down lfront lip of sump,but a bit hard to tell as the belt is flicking oil around, is there any common areas on the front of the motor that would cause this problem? any help appreciated


most likly power steering pump, very common

any oil on the front of your head?? my 3.9 rocker cover gasket is leaking towards the front. Common on boxcars but not sure about EF's with the different rocker cover :?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:54 pm 
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timing chain adjuster bolt o ring can die and piss oil everywhere as was the case on mine

 

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 Post subject: tensioner bolt
Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:23 pm 
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is the bolt in the pic the tensioner bolt? , if so can i take it out and replace the o ring without upsetting anything? cheers and thanks in advance.
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Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:51 am 
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that bolt in the pic i did it up real tight but the thing leaked so it was taken out and some silastic was put over the thread and was put back in left to set the no leak, maybe able to put a gasket type washer there, worth a look if ya have had that bolt out the mechanic said it was very common.
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Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:52 am 
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im pretty sure ya can take that bolt out without upsetting everything someone here shoul;d be able to tell ya more than me
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Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:15 pm 
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tensioner seal is leaking by the sounds of it. just make sure you don't lose any of the little shims when you pull it out.

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:56 pm 
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front of engine ?
umm, get mechanic to check all o-rings and your oil sensor switch - mine busted a few months back. the part cost 10 bux.
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 Post subject: leaking tensioner
Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:06 pm 
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hi there , i think the tensioner bolt may be the problem, there is a hex headed plug that screws into another fitting that has 2 small holes in the end, how do i tighten this fitting as it is impossible to get any multigrips or such around it? , can i screw this fitting out and put some sealer on it to stop any leaks without upsetting the tensioner?, any help appreciated , thanks
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Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:54 pm 
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you're best off removing the power steering pump and getting the correct socket (12 or 13mm i think). the multi grips will stuff it up. it's in there tight too.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:39 am 
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Im battling a leak which answers to same description, exactly.. ends up on RH front lower corner of sump, but is falling down from above, not from sump itself, even though gasket has gone hard.

I have recently posted a thread about an oil leak suspected from the front right corner of the sump, and how to get sump off engine in car.
People gave info, about removing k-frame under sump, , i wasnt relishing doing it.

One final investigation of this, with the alternator bracket off to improve view, shows its not coming from sump, but from above, but not far above. Ive watched it run with a n old HQ mirror head down there to watch where oil comes from.

Believe it or not, seems to be coming from the water pump bolt position where water-pump meets block, the bolt at about the 4 oclock position adjacent to timing case. Unable to say yet its not from the nearby timing case, but actually seems to be from the water-pump bolt, and yes, this trails down like a snail trail, onto the extreme drivers corner of sump and block, from there onto the x-member or tie-bar,runs along horizontally there until there is sufficient build-up and from there naturally, onto the ground.

This makes little sense to me, that there is even any oil circulation behind that water-pump bolt, would expect it tobe either dry or a water-jacket not oil-jacket point, but it seems pretty clear to originate from there, and undoing that bolt, bolt itself is coated with wet oil.

Funny thing, running the engine with the bolt OUT, revealed no oil now exiting, but a small weap of green water, now the pressure is off the WP gasket, i guess, but why would the oil now STOP, with bolt out altogether?

Ive tried to put goop down the hole, and on bolt, and do it up, time to test this morning when goop is dried sufficiently, hope goop doesnt goop somethign that actually needs to flow behind there.

Obviously if this fails, strategy is removal of water pump and proper replacement of the WP gasket with sealant as well, which isnt hard..ive now partly stripped front of engine anyway, hunting this oil leak.

OP, this is not first mysterious oil leak from engine front Ive had to track and deal with, a much larger one than this, was traced to the timing case bolt, running along it, its the timing case bolt that the alternator brace tube-type bar pivots on.
Oil was pissing along this, when I bought car. Soaking alternator by running along the bar from the TC to the alternator, and soaking most of the rest of the RH front of engine, actually.

As readers have told you, PS pump and hose connection is also a big chance, of course, the fluid should have a tell-tale red colour, but Ive been through the elarning process of curing this presssure hose connection nut of leaking as well.
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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:46 am 
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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:45 am 
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thats a clean engine bay in desheps, isnt it?

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