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I know what you're thinking, "on the ground!" :rolleyes: Ha ha! Very funny.

Seriously, though. I have an oil leak right now and it seems that the "oil stop leak" additive I put in is controlling it fairly well. I'd like to fix the problem if I can though.

Where does the ga16i motor typically spring a leak? I am planning on cleaning the motor and trying to find the source, but I'd like some suggestions on where should I look for possible sources.
 

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rut roh?!

hey man. im not even the least bit mechanically enclined , but id check maybe around the valve cover, oil pan, and also the oil sending unit. i had a problem with osu or whatever u call it about a year ago. instead of doing its job, it was spraying oil onto the side of the block(dont ask). i changed it and voila, no more oil leak. i dont have a ga motor so dont quote me on this.......
 

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Usually the front seal around the crank pulley will leak.
 
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I'm pretty sure I could fix any other leak myself, but the front seal looks like an involved job. Has anyone here replaced the front seal? How complex is the job (i.e. do I have to remove the engine, or can it be done with the engine still in the car?). If I brought it to a mechanic, how much should I expect to pay?
 

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You can do it with the engine still in the car. It's pretty easy to access the area through the passenger side wheelwell.
 

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Pull off the belts, remove the crank pulley, pry out the seal with a screwdriver, clean up the oil around the area, tap on the seal evenly and flush with the cover. Done. Good time to replace belts if you need them. The crank pulley might be kinda tough to get off. Sometimes your lucky and it slides right off, but you may need to use 2 prybars or screwdrivers on each side of the crank pulley and try to slide it off evenly. Be careful of the half moon keyway on the crank. It can fall off and your almost guaranteed to lose it.
 
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oil leak

Mine leaks oil from the distributer o-ring. I really should fix it, but just haven't got around to it yet.
 
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mines leaks power-steering fluid , mines mus be pretty messed up, oh well!
 
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Yea, mine leaked power steering fluid too. I went ahead and got a non-leaking steering rack from a bone yard and had to have it installed. I tried to install it myself, but the bone head who owned the car before me had the rear engine mount welded and I couldn't remove it to make clearance.:mad: The shop I brought it to had to remove the whole mount assembly to make room. In retrospect, I should have tried some power steering system "stop leak", but I was in a hurry and had to pass inspection and I couldn't wait for the "stop leak" to work.

You could try some of that stuff, it couldn't hurt and it just might work. Let us know if it does.
 
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By the way, the engine oil "stop leak" doesn't seem to be doing the job. There is still a noticable leak from my engine after a few hundred miles driving with the stuff. I should be able to get to it this weekend though and I'll go ahead and tackle the front oil seal. It could probably stand to be replaced anyway and I'll go ahead and replace my belts while I'm at it. I'll have to clean it up a bit though...sheesh it's messy down there!:eek:
 
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it is really messy in the bottom of my car also, i feel ashamed to move my car, cause i call it the speedster and there is just too much oil leaking, i am going to try that stuff, but my dad probably won't let me get it, he will say it will mess it up.
 

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JonHasAn89SE said:
By the way, the engine oil "stop leak" doesn't seem to be doing the job. There is still a noticable leak from my engine after a few hundred miles driving with the stuff
***** It never does. That stuff is a waste of money. Power steering leak stopper is the same. A leak needs to be fixed properly. Sorry for the reality check. Cheers! :)
 
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Brought it to a mechanic this weekend because I haven't had the time to fix the leak and I'm tired of having oil leaking all over my driveway. He said it wasn't the crank seal, instead it was the reverse light switch oil seal. $80 later and I haven't noticed any more oil leaking. He did say that the crank seal might be leaking a little but didn't recommend replacing it yet.

I wonder where it'll spring a leak next! :rolleyes:
 

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JonHasAn89SE said:


I wonder where it'll spring a leak next! :rolleyes:
um...probably at the crankseal :p :rolleyes:
 
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