Date: Mon, 03 May 2004 14:08:53 -0300
From: Dexter J <>
Subject: Re: Oil leak

Salutations: On Mon, 3 May 2004 15:53:46 +0200, Kristian Steve Jensen <> wrote: > I have a 1988A 9000i, with a B202I which seems to have developed a rather > severe oil leak on the front left side of the engine. Should be expected > after 339000 kilometers. The leak is somewhere above the water pump, as > this > is now covered in oil, and seems to extend towards the middle of the > front > of the engine, almost over the exhaust pipes. Where could this come from? > Head gasket? I recently changed oil, and both the old and the new oil > looks > good, no sign of coolant in it. If it is the head gasket, could > tightening > the head bolts help, or are these so called stretch bolts? Are there any > other known weak spots in the area I describe where oil could come from? > > Kristian It is worth finding the leak - however it could easily be observed that once you have one leak - you should look closely at doing most of the mating surfaces before it becomes a weekly tear down. Check that it isn't a power steering line or simply a main seal leak being spun around on the belts. After than - carefully wash off the engine using a engine shampoo and hose (pressure washers are not good unless you know exactly what not to hit). Once dry, give the engine a light mist of oil or rust proofing spray (keep them off the exhaust manifold) - then power the block and bay with talcum powder. Fire up the engine (make sure you've closed your cabin air intake at the dash) and take it for a short spin - you should be able to fairly quickly trace all leaks in the talcum powder. Most folks then rinse off and get the parts needed - but I tend to leave it on just in case I have a secondary weep somewhere else on the block that only presents when it's been run for a while. It all comes off the next time you go out in the rain anyway. Best of luck and cheers. -- J Dexter - webmaster - all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day UB40 - Sing Our Own Song

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