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Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2003 23:55:34 GMT
From: "charles stoyer" <>
Subject: Classic 900T oil leak from distributor?

I have a 1986 900 T 16-valve hatchback with 225 k miles on it. It has historically used very little oil. Recently I noticed a smoking from the front of the engine and, upon inspection, I find oil on the heat shield under the distributor and over the exhaust end of the turbo. The shield allows whatever falls on it to go onto the turbo and the turbo is soaked in fresh oil. It is creating a puddle in my garage which was never there before. The Bently manual shows an o-ring on the distributor shaft, but the oil seems to be coming more from inside the distributor than from around the outside of the shaft. Anyone else had this happen? My wife's 1985 900 T 16-valve has some burnt oil on the heatshield, but no fresh oil. Her distributor was replaced with a used unit about a year or so ago to cure a problem which turned out to be deteriorated wires. Thanks for any help, Charles.

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