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Old 08-02-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Found My oil Leak! please help!

So I started the car for a few minutes and right before leaving I saw smoke coming out of the hood, so I go and check out and it was alllll thereee the oil ive been spanding on the car !

watch pictures in orders and please help me find whats the cause of that leak.



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Old 08-02-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:36 PM   #3
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Valve cover gasket. Easy DIY good luck
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:50 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:23 AM   #7
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Run finger under engine cover on passenger (rt.) side.

Look for burned oil stains on exhaust manifold heatshield...the two aluminum 'fins' running along the rt. side of engine, just below the cover.

If you see brown on the aluminum, 99.9% valve cover gasket.

It's a common rite of passage here!

Photos probably would help, and you 'can' post them...scroll down to 'manage attachments.'

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:49 AM   #8
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Do a search using the term VCG (valve cover gasket) and DIY... and it you will get everything you need (assuming you have a VCG leak -- also search "burning oil smell"). The VCG is an easy DIY. Depending on your mileage... you may want to consider changing your spark plugs while your in there. That will only add about 10 minutes to the job. Others may suggest VANOS seals... but I will leave that to you. Good luck.

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I doubt this is your problem, but it is a common oil leak also. Search for oil filter housing gasket.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:22 PM   #10
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It an easy fix, if that's the main cause , which most of the time it is.

Click here for Valve Cover Gasket.


Here is a DIY link to follow.

Good Luck and hope things work.

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Do a search using the term VCG (valve cover gasket) and DIY... and it you will get everything you need (assuming you have a VCG leak -- also search "burning oil smell"). The VCG is an easy DIY. Depending on your mileage... you may want to consider changing your spark plugs while your in there. That will only add about 10 minutes to the job. Others may suggest VANOS seals... but I will leave that to you. Good luck.

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thanks everyone! just received the gasket, and about to install it!
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