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#1 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 07:09 PM
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After I have spent 700 on trying to get rid of this damn oil leak, I take it back to my mechanic, and he tols me this gasket failed this time, and I needed to replace it. he told me he wanted $300 to do it!!!! I told him i was not going to have $1000 in trying to get rid of a fking(excuse my language pleas) oil leak, dammit I have mods to do!!!!! SO I told him i would do it myself. He's like man I wouldn't tackle that job, it's a pian in the ass, and would take us like 3 hours to do, meaning it would probably take me 5 to 6. Well, he said here have the gasket on us(thanks for the 3 dollar part) and good luck!!! Well, it took me about an hour and a hlf to figure out that all you have to do is pull on the belt, and the tensioner will give, and you have your space to remove the belt. After that, the job was doen in an hour. By the way, the old gasket looked fine, so I am assuming that tomorrow....I will still have an oil leak. I am finding new mechanics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THOSE FOCKERS!!!!!!!!!
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Good work man. It feels nice to do work on your own and not have to pay some mechanic to do it.

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Good work man. It feels nice to do work on your own and not have to pay some mechanic to do it.
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Yeah, it definatley does, just don't think it is going to solve my problem!!!! I am still so very pissed at these guys, they have replaced my oil pan gasket, my valve cover gaskets, and now they wanted to replace this gasket for a total of $1000 bucks!!!!!! And, i am betting I will still have an oil leak, leaving only tow other possibilites, my head gasket is gone, or a cracked engine block!!!! Unless there is something I am missing, but neither of those sound cheap!!!!!!!
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yeah its a great feeling to bad your dumbass mechanic led you in the wrong direction! hope you can figure it out!

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I'm having a tenacious oil leak problem too. After cleaning everything off with some good degreaser and inspecting closely after driving I found that I had a leaky valve cover gasket. I even knew from where on the gasket. I replaced the gasket (three times) and still leaking from the same place. I figure that I have a warped valve cover, bummer, but its not that bad since those are only 130 bucks. I just don't want to spend that on a fix that wont work but I think I'll have to just because the leak is bugging the fu%^ out of me.

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I'm having a tenacious oil leak problem too. After cleaning everything off with some good degreaser and inspecting closely after driving I found that I had a leaky valve cover gasket. I even knew from where on the gasket. I replaced the gasket (three times) and still leaking from the same place. I figure that I have a warped valve cover, bummer, but its not that bad since those are only 130 bucks. I just don't want to spend that on a fix that wont work but I think I'll have to just because the leak is bugging the fu%^ out of me.
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That is my problem!!!! I CAN'T STAND AN OIL LEAK!!!!! This is driving me flipping nuts!!! I am actually thinking of getting rid of the car if I do not get this oil leak stopped, and i love the car!!
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I'm going to try some high heat silicone around the area that is leaking to see what happens

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Hey fredo, I hear that it can be tricky to get the gasket to set right. I have heard of people doing it multiple times before they get it right.

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I've found that when replacing that gasket.. and really any gasket for that matter .. the best and easiest way to not mess it up.. is to take your damned time... follow a pattern with the bolts... back and forth... little by little getting to the right torque... slowely.. in a pattern.. has worked best for me in the past....

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I've found that when replacing that gasket.. and really any gasket for that matter .. the best and easiest way to not mess it up.. is to take your damned time... follow a pattern with the bolts... back and forth... little by little getting to the right torque... slowely.. in a pattern.. has worked best for me in the past....

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Just got a response from somebody on another forum saying that same thing with him. His cover was warped and when he replaced it no more leak. Think I know what I need to do now.

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Congrats on the install. You're a man now

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I've found that when replacing that gasket.. and really any gasket for that matter .. the best and easiest way to not mess it up.. is to take your damned time... follow a pattern with the bolts... back and forth... little by little getting to the right torque... slowely.. in a pattern.. has worked best for me in the past....

Just a thought,

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Just got a response from somebody on another forum saying that same thing with him. His cover was warped and when he replaced it no more leak. Think I know what I need to do now.
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There's a product that you put in your oil that glows under ultraviolet light. Run the car for a while and then look at the engine under ultraviolet light and you should be able to clearly see where the leak is coming from. I've used it several times and it's amazing. Can't remember the name but most auto parts stores have it and for under $10 it's worth a try.
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