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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 26 Feb 2005, 16:36

Started to old girl up today to keep her in running order and noticed an oil patch on the drive. :( Looked under to see a regular drip of oil coming from the timing chain cover / front oil seal area. It was def coming from that area as the rest of the engine is clean and dry. and it is not running down from higher.

So, is it likley to be the oil seal, likley as it has been stood up for two years prior to me buying it or is it a leaky timing chain cover gasket? :?

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Postby Doive » 26 Feb 2005, 16:45

Are you sure it isn't the front crank seal from behind the pulley? Apparently they are notorious for leaking from here, and mine has a nice slow but steady drip coming from the front crank seal. Decided to leave it for a number of reasons 1) It isn't very much, and 2) The engine has to come out to fix it. So I can't be ar$ed. I see it as her marking her territory. Besides, 99% of chevettes have a leak from somewhere, mine leaks from the crank seal, the sump bung, the dizzy and probably several other places I haven't spotted yet.

If it is the timing cover it's likely to be a tired gasket. Unless it's dripping loads I would leave it, but it may be a good excuse to get in there and swap the timing chain and tensioner anyway. I've heard the timing cover gaskets are an absolute b*****d to get lined up and fitted correctly though.
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 26 Feb 2005, 16:52

I too, think its the front crank seal. Its a fare steady drip so I would prob take the engine out and do it. Do the auto factors still do most of the service bits like Oil seals timing chain, gaskets wheel brake cylinders pads shoes. etc......
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Postby Doive » 26 Feb 2005, 17:26

Anything consumable such as brakes, suspension, ignition parts, oil filters etc etc are readily available, no problems. It's only the various body parts and bits of trim, headlights and such that are hard to get. Not sure about oil seals, perhaps some of the main Vauxhall dealers may have a few still lying around. I managed to pick up a whole bottom end set off eBay about a year ago, but things like rubber crank seals would be best bought brand new to save the rubber perishing. Maybe someone who has done the job will know of a source for bits such as this?
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Postby Neilyman » 26 Feb 2005, 18:47

Mine also changes it`s own oil via the dizzy & timing cover. I too cannot be ar$ed........If it bleeds, it`s still alive!! :)
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