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Old 09-04-2005, 03:42 AM   #21
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Here are some pictures she sent me. That car looks like it is leaking everything from eveywhere. Look at those strut towers!
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:34 AM   #22
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wow, thats shocking. is that tranny fluid on the frame or rust?
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I told you guys it was a leaking mess Ok it has had a steering leak from the previous owner I would say maybe a year. I leave puddles every where I go. Now it did have 2 tranny leaks, up where the hoses attach at the front of the car. Fixed one but still have one. I think that is tranny fluid there. I was told my the shop it was leaking trans fluid, oil and coolant from the car. That is part why my step brother said when we fix the other trans leak we will have to clean the car up (probably in order to locate any other leaks) Gosh my car is a mess. :( I know it is hard to tell by pictures but if any of you see anyting please let me know. I need a car to get back and forth.
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What doesn't make any sense to me is what is on that passenger'* shock tower. I don't think that is power steering fluid, but then again I don't know what it could be. Does that fluid also appear on the hood or hood insulator? You feeling daring and have a strong stomach? What'* it taste like? I've tasted engine oil and atf. my coolant was too gross for me to try, and the power steering fluid doesn't look too edible.

The leaking over by that random hole on the engine, that looks like the valve cover leaking [possibly through the gaskets for the v/c bolts or the v/c gasket]. It could also be the intake seals leaking [i had this issue] but that doesn't fully explain how all the oil got ckaed onto the lip of the v/c... or maybe the breather tube is leaking? Mine leaks, but it certainly doesn't spray oil like that... hm..

The fluid you have on the subframe... that is ATF right?

It is really hard to diagnose this stuff without me actually seeing it.. maybe you could get a better shot of that 3rd pic by the front v/c and the random hole.. something with better lighting perhaps?
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My brother did say I have a valve cover leak. He fixed the antifreeze leak today and took out the cataltic converter. He said the next thing we should do is replace the o2 sensor. Of course I need spark plugs ect. Slow process. I will try to get a better picture. thank you
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I just replaced my valve cover gaskets while dinking around with the other underhood items. Like yours, there is quite a lot of oily grim built up on the intake and dripping over to the trans (although, not as bad).
The valve (or rocker arm) covers are easy to remove and reinstall. The front is the easiest, but the plug wire cover can be tricky to slide left to remove. Once the plug wires are exposed and relocated, the plastic holder pops off via two clips. The rear cover is a little trickier. You need to remove the egr tube, valve, and adapter plate. Then remove the engine lift bracket (2 bolts), the serpentine belt, and the power steering pump (2 bolts). The PS pump bolts are accessed through the pump pulley holes. There'* not enough room for a socket extension; just a ratchet, a 1/2 to 3/8 adapter, and the socket (1/2" IIRC).
The valve cover bolt holes have a rubber grommet that needs to be cleaned (of grime) prior to reinstalling the cover. I soaked both valve covers in simple green and scrubbed them clean prior to reinstalling. I still need to power wash the rest of the engine to remove the years of grime.
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You feeling daring and have a strong stomach? What'* it taste like? I've tasted engine oil and atf. my coolant was too gross for me to try, and the power steering fluid doesn't look too edible.

Please don't do that. None of the fluids in your car are safe to consume, and some are quite poisonous (coolant will kill any pet that drinks it, won't do you any favors either). I know, it'* just a taste. Still not a good idea. Better to go by smell or feel (thickness, watery, oily, clarity, etc.).

Better to have a leaky car than to die of kidney failure, eh?
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You feeling daring and have a strong stomach? What'* it taste like? I've tasted engine oil and atf. my coolant was too gross for me to try, and the power steering fluid doesn't look too edible.

Please don't do that. None of the fluids in your car are safe to consume, and some are quite poisonous (coolant will kill any pet that drinks it, won't do you any favors either). I know, it'* just a taste. Still not a good idea. Better to go by smell or feel (thickness, watery, oily, clarity, etc.).

Better to have a leaky car than to die of kidney failure, eh?

bah, he is young, he can take it

j/k. i agree, dont eat or even taste anything. i normally go by color and thickness.
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bah, he is young, he can take it

j/k. i agree, dont eat or even taste anything. i normally go by color and thickness.
Tasting various automotive fluids would be similar to testing for power on household wiring with your tongue, well maybe not but it still couldn't be good for you.
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I realize it isn't good, but hey why not. I've done far worse.
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