Date: Sun, 2 May 2004 12:45:05 -0400
From: "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospampam>
Subject: Re: Oil leak

"Kristian Steve Jensen" <> wrote in message news:c75it7$i6nel$ > 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, Not to be picky, but the waterpump is on the *right* side of the car. (Right and left are always in reference to when you are seated in the car). So I will assume the leak is on the right side too? > 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? More likely just the valve cover gasket. There are some large rubber halfmoons that are a part of this gasket that must be sealed with loctite gasket sealant (most people just use RTV). See ig the oil starts up high enough to be coming from there. Could also be the timing cover. It is just sealed with sealant too (no gasket at all). > 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? No, not one time stretch bolts, but you probably don't want to be just cranking on them. You could loosen them all and retourque to spec, but if the head gasket is really leaking it is a sign that it needs to be replaced. -Fred W

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