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Old 10-07-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Help with this leak please

I have a leak in the engine area of my car. It has been for a few months but it was never bad for me to look into it really. Im not very smart mechanically but first question is.. is this oil?? Also im trying to pin point where its coming from which is hard because its a tough spot to get into. And finally i wanted to know by looking at this pic if it looks severe? Also recently i started getting white smoke come in through my vents. Its happened before but only happens if im sitting still and the cars running, its never done it while over 10MPH. heres the pic and any help is appreciated. A side note would be that this leak started after switching from Mobile 1 to Amsoil (same weight)

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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valve cover gasket/ end thread
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:37 PM   #3
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yea valve cover gasket.

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Old 10-08-2010, 12:48 AM   #4
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change your valve cover gasket and clean / degrease your engine i just did mine its very very easy diy

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Old 10-11-2010, 06:53 AM   #5
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yeah i replaced mine and now my my engine knocks loud, like its beign shot with bb gun lol, and the white smoke is worse. taking to dealership
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