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Old 02-12-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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Valve cover gaskets are a common place to leak.
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if its leaking onto the ex. manifold you wont see it on the ground
Ok well how would u be able to tell that then? Im going to check it this weekend and see if I have lost any.
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Valve cover gaskets are a common place to leak.
Yea I had those replaced a while ago but those were leaving a drip on the ground. So Idk I'm going to check my oil level on saturday and see if I have lots any.
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Valve cover gaskets are a common place to leak.
At 170,000 miles, my front cover gasket was in pretty bad shape, though I wasn't dripping on the ground. After replacing all of the gaskets and seals (standard cam install procedure), it'* stopped leaking and using oil. I can pull out the dipstick after 3,000 miles and it'* still at the top of the full mark.

Hopefully it'* something else, because the front/rear covers require engine removal, which is neither quick nor cheap.
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The front cover can be done in the car, and it'* not all that hard on a 2000+ The rear cover, ya, that'* a engine out thing.
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Well I'm driving to Minnesota this weekend and I am close for an oil change but can't get in until after I get back. I checked my oil level tonight. Almost down to the bottom of the dip stick the last hole was just covered. So looks like I'll have to put a quart in and then go on my trip and then figure out what in the holy hell is going on. I have been keeping a close eye on the floor no drips. So idk what in the holy hell it could be, if there is a small leak and its hitting something and burning up, you would think id smell it. So yea anything you guys can have me look for with out taking anything appart? I think I'll be over at dans house in about 2 weeks trying to figure this out. I just got my car paid off, I was so happy now I can start saving up to get my own place. Now I have this vision of my bank account going from ok to zero.
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When I was a lube tech at a ford dealership I regulary used uv dye and on there next oil change black lighted it. Very affective if you clean any dirt or residue from engine before running with uv dye. Parts stores have ac dye kits I'm sure they could hook you up with oil or universal dye.
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Need to check the exhaust right after starting it when it'* been sitting all night. If you get a smell of oil, then your valve seals are bad.
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Ok I'll do that this morning and report what I see. If it is that how serious are we talking here? Can I still make my trip?
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You should have no problem making the trip.
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