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Old 04-15-2008, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default 1989 SSE rear valve cover wet with oil?

Since changing the power steering pump ( 2nd time in a year), I noticed a smoking problem of burning oil or fluid from the engine.It seemed a lighter color. Seemed to be located just under the pump, so I figured I spilled some fluid taking it out, so would stop once burned off. Well, two weeks later, still smoking. So enlisted the help of a mechanic friend. he came up with the gasket of the valve coverbeing the culprit. We changed it, it is better but still smokes some. And I notice a light wetness to several parts of the rear valve cover. I have tried observing engine while running, but no luck seeinga leak or anything obvious. Any suggestions where to look? Thanks
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You have to degrease it bone dry, drive it and bring it home to inspect with a drop light.
Oil seeps and travels to other locations so this way may reveal the source of the leak.
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