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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 15-03-2012, 22:34 Thread Starter
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Unhappy MOT time tomorrow (about time) but it's spitting it's oil out

Got the living dead car booked in for it's MOT tomorrow, i'm prepared for a fail though but hopefully nothing too bad/expensive as nothing I can see looks bad.

Bit miffed though as it's leaving a nasty puddle of oil on the ground, I had thought the leak it had was due to a loose oil filter as it looked a bit off but the oil was changed and a new filter fitted on sunday so I don't think it could be that as everything was tightened up properly with a new sump plug washer.

I wouldn't think it would be the camshaft oil seals as I'm sure Russell would have changed them when he replaced the head last year since he had to swap the cams from my old head.

The leak appears to be on the drivers side and is covering the bottom of the engine under the alternator and crank pulley.

The car is going to be on ramps tomorrow to have a new subframe bolt fitted so I can check all over the engine with a couple of friendly mechanics (who have both recently bought ZT V6s) to lend an expert eye but they are not K series experts so could do with a few pointers as to what to look for from the knowledgeable folk here.

Could it be caused by the remote filler/ dipstick being lose? I'm slightly worried it may be crank shaft oil seals as getting those changed will be way beyond my skills or budget.

Thanks in advance for any help
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Its in the right place to be the culprit. You need to clean all of the crap off to have any chance of finding where its coming from. If you can start with a clean engine you will have a better chance of spotting the leaks.
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Got the living dead car booked in for it's MOT tomorrow, i'm prepared for a fail though but hopefully nothing too bad/expensive as nothing I can see looks bad.

Bit miffed though as it's leaving a nasty puddle of oil on the ground, I had thought the leak it had was due to a loose oil filter as it looked a bit off but the oil was changed and a new filter fitted on sunday so I don't think it could be that as everything was tightened up properly with a new sump plug washer.

I wouldn't think it would be the camshaft oil seals as I'm sure Russell would have changed them when he replaced the head last year since he had to swap the cams from my old head.

The leak appears to be on the drivers side and is covering the bottom of the engine under the alternator and crank pulley.

The car is going to be on ramps tomorrow to have a new subframe bolt fitted so I can check all over the engine with a couple of friendly mechanics (who have both recently bought ZT V6s) to lend an expert eye but they are not K series experts so could do with a few pointers as to what to look for from the knowledgeable folk here.

Could it be caused by the remote filler/ dipstick being lose? I'm slightly worried it may be crank shaft oil seals as getting those changed will be way beyond my skills or budget.

Thanks in advance for any help
Why just not have a pre mot check done on the car? Would make more sense given its condition - its also usually cheaper than an MOT
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Its in the right place to be the culprit. You need to clean all of the crap off to have any chance of finding where its coming from. If you can start with a clean engine you will have a better chance of spotting the leaks.
in the right place for what to be the culprit? sorry if i'm being dumb

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Why just not have a pre mot check done on the car? Would make more sense given its condition - its also usually cheaper than an MOT
It's been checked over by a friend who knows his stuff and will be checked better tomorrow while it's on the ramps, the mot will be cancelled if anything major turns up, I'm pretty much getting a free pre mot check
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[QUOTE=GreenGoblin;4908894]in the right place for what to be the culprit? sorry if i'm being dumb[QUOTE] The dipstick is on the same side as your reported leak.
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The dipstick is on the same side as your reported leak.
Thanks, wasn't sure you meant the dipstick or crank oil seals.

are the remote dipsticks known to leak often?
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Thanks, wasn't sure you meant the dipstick or crank oil seals.

are the remote dipsticks known to leak often?
Mine did. Removed it and put some ptfe tape around the bottom and it has been ok since.
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Mine did. Removed it and put some ptfe tape around the bottom and it has been ok since.
OK, that's one likely candidate for checking, anybody got any other places the oil could be escaping from?
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Leaving now for the big day, hopefully if it all goes to plan I'll have a nice new mot certificate in my hand next time i'm home this evening.
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Good luck

I have an oil leak in the same area, time to check it out
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Good luck, also couldn't the oil be from the dipstick seal?
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There is a pair of metal pipes supplying the oil filter ( on my 160) these run underneath the pulley. I noticed mine had a lot of corrosion on them. The leak may be a minute pin hole due to rust damage. I hope it aint caus they look a right sod to replace.
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well it failed quite heroically.

needs welding on both sills, emissions are way out, needs a wheel bearing and a main beam bulb.

been offered 350 for it so may accept since it will still be put back on the road and if I add what I was going to spend on it may be able to find a better one.

I need to hunt down the penguin chap and see if he will do a deal on a white vvc
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There is a pair of metal pipes supplying the oil filter ( on my 160) these run underneath the pulley. I noticed mine had a lot of corrosion on them. The leak may be a minute pin hole due to rust damage. I hope it aint caus they look a right sod to replace.
That is for the oil cooler only fitted to TF 160's!
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Stop asking for them then, I wouldn't have them if there was no demand.
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