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oil leaking onto exhaust (or project rodent decapitator)


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#1 Infidel

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:57 PM

Tired of being engulfed in a cloud of smoke and awful smell at stoplights due to oil leaking onto my exhaust. A few inspections shows that it is coming from a million places (ok, all the common places and then a few more). I don't have the time at the moment to trouble shoot all the potential leak areas, so as a short term solution I installed a metal belly pan that catches the drips and keeps them off the exhaust.

The pan is a piece of 22 ga plated steel, cut to fit, wedged between the transmission and the "Y" ahead of the cat, then bolted to the frame with 1/4" bolts.

Here's a pic. It's amazing I didn't chop off any fingers on the sharp edges shoving that thing in there.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:33 PM

Well i can tell you that you are going to have to adress the leaks sooner then later. You have cam seals, main crank seal, and probably the oil pump needs resealing. That can all be done at the next timing belt change.

The way those leaks work, I dont think thats going to help. Good luck.



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Posted 21 December 2007 - 02:38 PM

Tired of being engulfed in a cloud of smoke and awful smell at stoplights due to oil leaking onto my exhaust. A few inspections shows that it is coming from a million places (ok, all the common places and then a few more). I don't have the time at the moment to trouble shoot all the potential leak areas, so as a short term solution I installed a metal belly pan that catches the drips and keeps them off the exhaust.

The pan is a piece of 22 ga plated steel, cut to fit, wedged between the transmission and the "Y" ahead of the cat, then bolted to the frame with 1/4" bolts.

Here's a pic. It's amazing I didn't chop off any fingers on the sharp edges shoving that thing in there.

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Infi, do you really feel this is the proper forum for this kind of porn? Really?

(Sorry. I couldn't resist)

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#4 Infidel

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 04:27 PM

Should I post a warning? Been out of town so I haven't drive it yet to see how it works.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:04 PM

If drained to a reservoir, you could redirect it to a small pump and top off the oil level:banana:TaDa!
Nipper is such a purist...

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:17 PM

Nipper is such a purist...



:-p


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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:30 PM

It looks like most of it is coming from the rear main seal and dripping down from the bell housing opening.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:35 PM

If drained to a reservoir, you could redirect it to a small pump and top off the oil level:banana:TaDa!
Nipper is such a purist...


hehe that would work! Kind of a dry sump around the wet sump system!!!

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:56 PM

or sell your car's services "re-sealing" driveways in the neighborhood:lol:

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:04 PM

or sell your car's services "re-sealing" driveways in the neighborhood:lol:

Based on the usual smell, that might work best with oil that has already hit the exhaust system. ;)

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:22 PM

Subies do NOT leak, they mark thier territory!:banana:

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:47 PM

From the looks of it you've got oil pan leakage, and probably valve cover seapage playing into the problem too. I like the idea, but I also doubt its effectiveness.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:16 AM

It looks like most of it is coming from the rear main seal and dripping down from the bell housing opening.


You are correct. The leaks from the headgasket etc. are minor in comparison.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 01:02 PM

You are correct. The leaks from the headgasket etc. are minor in comparison.

I had the same problem with my RX. Not quite that bad though. I replaced all of the rear seals when I put a new clutch in at 220k miles. It's at 322k now and all is still well. It took about 2 hours to pull the engine. Good times!:headbang:

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 05:12 PM

Probably the rear oil seperator plate on the back of the motor? Leaks out through the bell housing. Check other threads on this, some have pics. Mine had this problem.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 11:16 PM

Still haven't driven it to check things, but....my wife drove it and didn't notice burning oil smell or smoke. Also, it no longer drips oil on the drive way. I think I've solved the problem (oil dripping on exhaust) until I can get the oil seals replaced.




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