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She is leaking oil while running! - Help

Postby grim_b » 16 Mar 2006, 14:35

Hi all,

Noticed a nice pile of oil on the drive the other day. Started the engine and looked under the car to find a drip, drip, drip, drip. Quite fast like.

Opened the bonnet and ran the engine to find that there is a leak from what looks like an electrical connector next to the oil filter? I believe this to be the oil pressure switch? (Please correct me) I have looked in the Haynes to find it is mentioned only as a passing comment and therefore need to know what I do next to resolve this problem?

Is the pressure switch designed to drip if the pressure of the oil gets too high? or is the engine just buggered? :?: :cry:

Help all....

Thanks,
G.

oh, I have not ruled out the possibility that there may be a blockage somewhere or indeed a leak higher up the engine and is just dripping off the connector. :roll:
I loved my car, but she has to go.... :(
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Postby jifop » 16 Mar 2006, 14:43

is there a seal on the pressure switch? probably just that!

the vw ones leak like crazy where they are over tightened, most people use a bit of ptfe tape on the thread to resolve it
Before you say anything..... no i cant spell or type!

The post above is my own personal opinion, it is not meant to upset or cause offence, if it does bugger off.

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Postby grim_b » 16 Mar 2006, 14:56

It is £6.50 for a new one so I think I might just replace it?
I never even knew the blooming thing existed, let alone expect to have to replace it. :?

Ho Hum :lol:
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Postby grim_b » 16 Mar 2006, 14:58

Not that it is a Chevette, but at least it tells you the steps here :lol: 8)
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 16 Mar 2006, 23:45

there's no seal on the switch as the thread is tapered. try what jifop says and wrap some PTFE tape around it before splashing out on a new one.
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Postby Neilyman » 17 Mar 2006, 01:59

Could also be leaking from around the terminal, the seal between the sensor & the brass threaded body gives way & leaks. I had that problem once on some car I owned, can`t remeber which though :P
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Postby grim_b » 17 Mar 2006, 09:22

Got new one, tore off the old one, taped the thread and stuck it back on. All good so far.

Thanks peeps.
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