OIL LEAK OPINIONS PLEASE
OK, so just added to my list of repairs for the SSEi, is doing something about the oil leaking.
I have not driven the car much at all this winter. Finally took it out last Friday for a quick trip to the store, and noticed a significant amount of smoke coming from under the hood. Inspection (and smell) told me that there was oil burning off from the exhaust headers. Very visible amounts of smoke coming off the front exhaust. When the car is moving you can't see much, but at stoplights, etc, it will smoke enough to be seen.
It has been leaving a puddle of oil for some time, but checking the dipstick doesn't usually show enough of a loss to read, at least. Whne I had the car in for some other service, which I can't recall, they mentioned a 'significant oil leak' coming from somewhere, but did not do any diagnostic to locate.
by my understanding of gravity, and the layout of this engine, it makes me think that my valve cover gaskets could be the source of the leak. Its obviously higher than the exhaust headers/manifolds.
Does that make sense to anyone? Could there be somethign else that I'm missing? Since it'* leaked for a while, there is a fair amount of oil on many of the engine parts. But from what I've gathered after searching 'oil leaks', is that the valve cover gaskets on these cars are not too difficult to change, and knowing that I've got struts and a wheel speed sensor to do as well, and some light body work if I can find the funds, I'm hoping I can maybe attempt something to remedy the oil leak on my own.
I'd love to hear your theories, or if you think I'm looking in the right direction. Thanks!