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EA81 4WD, can leaky oil from oil pan gasket migrate to clutch housing?

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I just did a clutch replacement on a 1984 4WD GL.  

 

I replaced the rear main engine seal, and the orange gasket featured in this video

 

 

 

It looks like the oil pan gasket is leaking, and also I have some oil in the clutch housing. 

 

Can oil leaking from the oil pan gasket migrate up into the clutch housing?  The bottom of the clutch bell housing is open.   I am hoping it can, it would be an easy fix.  Otherwise, I am looking at fixing a leak in the transmission.  

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Thank you skishop69.  

 

Can I replace the oil pan gasket without removing the engine?  I have a hoist to lift it a few inches. 

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Yep. An inch or so is all you need IIRC. I used ultra grey on my pan something like 10 years ago. still dry.

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Skishop, you dont say whether you removed whole sump pan, cleaned it up then glued it up, or did you simply smear ultra grey over existing seal between pan and block?

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You have to remove the pan. Just putting rtv on the outside would be like putting a bandaid on a gunshot.

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Correct. I removed the pan, put an bead around it about an 1/8" thick. I put the pan back on finger tight, gave it 24 hours to cure and then tightened it with the ratchet. No gasket at all.

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I've never touched one of those little or age seal things in the back of the crank on an ea81. I've always been told to leave them.

 

Are you sure the rear seal was put in correctly? I've never heard of a sump gasket saturating the clutch in oil.

 

And I've usually found the oil pump is the culprit as the reason for an oil saturated sump gasket. Not saying that the sump gasket will never leak, just that it's worth investigating the oil pump thoroughly.

 

Cheers

 

Bennie

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