I've never seen an oil leak that fast and that large on the ground my bed sets the rear main seal that's going out.I just got the new to me cruiser home (230K on the engine and most parts original) and I getting ready to start working on the car. I am new to working on vehicles but I am eager to learn. Two of my first projects that I am going to tackle are a valve cover gasket and a crank seal as both seem to be leaking.
A few questions before I dive in are:
1) How can I be sure it is a crank seal that is bad or could it be the oil pan gasket? Is there anything that gives an indication of one over the other? It leaks about a 6" puddle once fired up or driven around. Here's a picture of the area leak. I am planning on scrubbing down the entire area to get a better look in the next day or so.
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2) Supposing that it is a crank seal/front main seal are there other items that should be addressed during this process? The previous owner years ago did a nice job taking care of the basic maintenance but over the past 4 years ago kind of let the car go.
3) When shopping for the gaskets for both the crank seal and the valve cover gasket there looked to be multiple options. Are there preferences on these?
Thanks for any advice and I could totally be wrong on all of my diagnosis of the car so feel free let me know what you think.
Well, I think I jacked up the harmonic balancer. When pulling on breaker bar the tool that I used to hold must have slipped to the side and bent the balancer. I still need to get it off which I will try tomorrow. I probably will use the starter method which I was trying to avoid as I did not want to break anything unnecessarily. Well hell I looked up the price on these and they pretty pricey. Let me know your thoughts.
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I wish I had used one of these when doing cooling system work. Thinking about it now it would have been the perfect tool for helping to get the front of the block clean.A tip... small hand held poly resin ice scrapers are great for that area on the front of the block.
Curious what tool was used to hold the HB?When pulling on breaker bar the tool that I used to hold must have slipped to the side and bent the balancer.
Thats your BVSV (Bi-metal Vacuum Switching Valve). Part of the Emissions\spark control system and used in the engine warm-up cycle. Vacuum switch which opens when the coolant temp goes above a certain temp. Its senses the temp of the coolant (thus the reason for it being in the thermostat housing) and opens when above 111F. Not for the temp sensor indicator in dash:It looks like this is one of the temperature sensors. Is this dash temperature sensor?
Additionally, In Posers thread he mentioned to use "cement" to adhere the side cover gasket to the side cover. Is there are recommended cement for this application? This is my next gasket to get to before I can start putting things back together.