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Old 10-17-2009, 05:55 PM   #21
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It leaks right about there.
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:48 AM   #22
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It still leaks.


Drove it for about 10 minutes to dinner today, and there was a small puddle underneath it. looked like it was from somewhere in line with the front of the engine. I just wouldn't believe it if it was the crank seal, it's brand new. Maybe the cam seals? But this leak started when I first dropped the pan to tap it. I'll do some more investigating tomorrow.

It's not entirely bad news though as I now have a six speed that is the smoothest shifting transmission I've ever driven. I just can't believe how great it is! Thanks a billion to Rharris.

I also put in a set of MMR motor mounts. My girlfriend was getting a little, no, very excited. They'll be coming out ASAP though as it just isn't right to have every single interior panel vibrating as I'm driving down the street. The NVH isn't so bad if it weren't for all the noise from the panels rattling. That and the tachometer is twitching when cruising at 2K RPMs Words don't do it justice. Video is necessary.
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:56 AM   #23
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If you put a good enough of a bead of RTV it shouldn't still leak. Sure its not from the oil pump? I guess its just a luck thing perhaps. When I put mine back together both surfaces were scarred up from me using screw drivers and **** to pry them apart. Same for the front main seal surface and I have had no signs of leaking after over 10k miles. I hope you get it fixed though. Nothing more frustrating that something small like that throwing a wrench in your progress. Especially when you aren't 100% sure on whats causing it.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:50 AM   #24
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Check all your seals its not the pan.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:21 PM   #25
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Like I said forever ago in a different thread of yours. Put in some oil dye, break out your uv light, and then that baby on. This will be the fastest way to track down your leak. You might as well kill yourself for not having done this first.
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dude i bet you a hamburger that this is from your front crank seal check that before you do anything else plz. Also Why oh why do you persist in pulling the subframe that makes the job 10 times harder.
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:56 PM   #27
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Oil dye huh? Sorry I don't remember you mentioning that. There's just something about having UV dye all over my car that I don't like.

The reason I resealed the oil pan this time is because I witnessed oiling coming from the pan seal itself, not dripping down from above. Now it seems the leak is smaller and dripping down at the timing cover seal on the drivers side of the engine now. That points to the front crank seal. It also didn't leak until I took it off the wheel ramps under the front tires and had it on flat ground, which also points the front crank seal. It just makes me wonder because I've replaced that seal twice during my crusades to fix this leak.

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It shouldn't be the oil pump, I resealed it with new gaskets the last time I tried fixing the leak.

I like pulling the subframe. I feel that it makes the job 10X Easier.


Thanks for the help and suggestions guys, I really appreciate it.

Magna, I'll get your paypal address if it really is the front crank seal.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:11 PM   #28
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UV dye all over the place? I'm | | that close to labeling you a complete noob at this point. You drop a small bottle into your oil, and it shows you exactly where the leak is coming from. The only way it gets all over the place is if you start flinging it all over the place like a ******* monkey.

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Old 10-25-2009, 02:15 PM   #29
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Ordered some dye.
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You can buy it at advanced auto...
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Agggghhh! Of course the one place I don't check has it!
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I feel your pain. I have been fighting multiple seals trying to get the leaks to stop. I need to re-seal the entire front of the motor but Ive given up for now. I keep an eye on the level and early spring i plan on pulling it out, resealing everything possible with OEM gaskets and grey RTV ... and adding a coolant reroute.
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