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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:19 pm 
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I recently bought an EF Fairmont Ghia 4.0ltr. I don't think the car was well loked after by the previous owner, based upon what I've seen.

I gave the underside a good degrease and steam clean due to the build up of grease, etc on the sump, etc. I checked under there again today and I found some fresh gritty oil debris on a cross bar, sitting directly under the the main pulley at the front of the engine.

I imagine it is a seal of some sort, but would like some opinions on what people think it probably is and the possible costs of repairing such an issue. :(

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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:21 pm 
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Timing cover most likely the culprit. Bastard of a job if you ask me.
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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:28 pm 
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Have you checked the bolts on the timing cover? They may just need tightening perhaps.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:41 am 
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could be the timing cover or the seal between the cover and the front of the head.

mongrel of a job either way

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:49 am 
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Timing chain tensioner cuold be loose or the Oring is stuffed.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:20 am 
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Degrease the front of the engine or where the oil is now and after a day or 2 check for new signs of oil to determine exactly where its coming from.
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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:29 am 
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very much agree with joolz on this one,,should be the first thing done(not haveing a go at anybody)just generaly.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:34 am 
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could be the harmonic balancer seal in the timing cover that would run right on the cross member.
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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:03 pm 
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mreb wrote:
could be the harmonic balancer seal in the timing cover that would run right on the cross member.


Had this done on my EB, after an oil leak was detected.
Cost $212 at the mechanics, inc. labour, replacement harmonic
balancer and seal, fresh coolant also.
(all drive belts and radiator pulled out then back in, to do the job)
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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:14 pm 
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Thats a quite reasonable price how much did the balancer cost :?:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:20 pm 
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Use you eyes to see where its from makes sense. How does the alternator look? Is it engine oil?

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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:20 am 
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Hi Commando - If i was some sort of shape-shifter I could possibly fit into the 10-15cm gap and determine the precise cause of the leak.

Just asking for some ideas, that's all.

Thanks everyone for your ideas.

 

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