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Old 21 Jan 2017, 04:43 pm
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I am assuming that's where the severe oil leak is from as I have reset the valve cover 3 times and used RTV in the required areas. The timing belt I just put on is now covered in oil as are the cam gears. Any ideas of where it could be coming from? The cam caps were torqued to spec.

Disclaimer: There isn't a picture attached because everyone knows what oil covered parts look like.
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..Pressure Wash the engine of all the oil. Start the engine and go look to see where the oil leak is. If it is not readily seen place a piece of cardboard under the engine when it is not running and let the oil drip and follow the trail.

Other wise you either incorrectly installed a part or gasket or overlooked something.


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What procedure did you use installing the cam cap itself? Any sealant used?
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Default Re: Oil Gushing from cam gears

cam shaft oil seal(s)
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Crank seal..??
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..Pressure Wash the engine of all the oil. Start the engine and go look to see where the oil leak is. If it is not readily seen place a piece of cardboard under the engine when it is not running and let the oil drip and follow the trail.

Other wise you either incorrectly installed a part or gasket or overlooked something.

I highly suggest that you get a Factory Service Manual or at least a Chilton or Haynes repair manual if you are going to continue doing most of the work on your PT Cruiser.
I didn't pressure wash it but cleaned it thoroughly enough to see it was coming from behind the rear timing cover at the cam gears. In reading this I just remembered having a copy of the manual on my laptop. Needless to say the below quote caused me to look and realize, I NEVER INSTALLED THE CAM SEALS !!!!!! I am a F'n IDIOT! I am so pissed off, Now I have to tear it all back down. It wouldn't be such a hassle if it weren't for that stupid frame mount. Thank you, I really do appreciate the feedback. (even if MSD wires do suck )

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What procedure did you use installing the cam cap itself? Any sealant used?
No, I only made sure I placed the right cap on the right cam. I guess that means I made a drastic mistake.
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I didn't pressure wash it but cleaned it thoroughly enough to see it was coming from behind the rear timing cover at the cam gears. In reading this I just remembered having a copy of the manual on my laptop. Needless to say the below quote caused me to look and realize, I NEVER INSTALLED THE CAM SEALS !!!!!! I am a F'n IDIOT! I am so pissed off, Now I have to tear it all back down. It wouldn't be such a hassle if it weren't for that stupid frame mount. Thank you, I really do appreciate the feedback. (even if MSD wires do suck )



No, I only made sure I placed the right cap on the right cam. I guess that means I made a drastic mistake.
the cam cap one the seal end has a sealant prrcedure covered in the book to seal and leave drain passages open. Has a wedge of sealant applied so the thick edge is to the outside of the cap on the belt side.
I would clean that belt really good with dawn dushwashing liquid. Oil will break down the belt and cause it to fail prematurely. You can start the engine with or open to be sure everything is ok.
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the cam cap one the seal end has a sealant prrcedure covered in the book to seal and leave drain passages open. Has a wedge of sealant applied so the thick edge is to the outside of the cap on the belt side.
I would clean that belt really good with dawn dushwashing liquid. Oil will break down the belt and cause it to fail prematurely. You can start the engine with or open to be sure everything is ok.
A couple of pots of boiling hot water from a tea pot will do wonders for cleaning oil and grease off your engine.
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Simple green works well too. I read there is a dye you can put in the oil ad I assume a black light to see where the leaks are.
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Simple green works well too. I read there is a dye you can put in the oil ad I assume a black light to see where the leaks are.
Tracer Products Dye-Lite - Gasoline Engine Oil Dye

Used it myself last year.
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