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Old 23 Oct 2004, 09:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 95 Oil leak help

Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge that
a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of accumulation
near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near the
distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so
is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a
little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?

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Old 23 Oct 2004, 09:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Clean all the oil you can see with a cleaner then start up the engine and
see where you first see oil


"camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge
> that
> a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of
> accumulation
> near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near the
> distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so
> is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak
> a
> little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?
>



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Old 24 Oct 2004, 08:35 am   #3 (permalink)
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"camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge that
> a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of accumulation
> near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near the
> distributor.


Assuming 4 cylinder since you didn't say otherwise, most common source
of oil leaks is the valve cover gasket and distributor O-ring. Both
are relatively inexpensive and simple to repair. Try those first.

What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?

Spray Berryman B-12 Chemtool, then examine with a shop light as leaks
reappear. Can almost guarantee it's the valve cover gasket and dist.
O-ring though. Both are very common. The valve cover nuts (30mm)
loosen over time as the gasket compresses and hardens. Correct torque
is 17 ft. lbs.
Another small repair you might want to include at the same time while
the valve cover is off is the PCV valve and grommet. Usually the
grommet hardens from heat and breaks when removed. If the valve cover
is off, you can do this with it inverted so broken pieces fall out
instead of in.
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With a '95 at the mileage where valve cover gasket leaks, you'll
probably also want to start saving for items related to the timing
belt, ignition, and cooling:
timing belt and all oil seals (they harden and begin to seep slightly
like the valve cover gasket), there's the crankshaft oil seal, oil
pump oil seals and camshaft oil seal. Also a good idea to replace the
idler and tensioner bearings, accessory drive belts, spark plug wires
and platinum plugs, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap and fuel
filter.
With a few specialized tools and tricks, if you're inclined to do your
own work, you can save enough on labor to make the job quite
reasonable in cost, even doing all the items. Plus, obviously, you can
do it again the next time, and you've already got the tools and
knowledge.
If you take your time, and know what you're doing, none of it is
particularly difficult.
(begin soap box) - Personally, I never completely trust the car until
I've gone over it thoroughly myself. Seems like so many mechanics make
little errors here and there.
On mine (with many dealer service records from the prior owner) I
found chipped crankshaft pulley, thermostat jiggle valve in the wrong
position, unnecessary extra sealant on the water pump passages, and
two stripped automatic transmission pan bolts, plus a missing air
temperature sensor allowing unfiltered air to enter the engine through
the hole in the air filter enclosure where it should have been
inserted, not to mention one of the cheapest paper air filters I've
seen - looked like a piece of notebook paper - vastly inferior to the
stock filter media. Also found a torn boot on the front sway bar link.
As you become familiar with your own vehicle, cleaning parts as you
go, you insure everything is installed correctly and works as
intended. The Camry is astonishingly well designed and assembled, but
someone can always mess it up with carelessness or ignorance.
(end soapbox)
One more item that can show seepage is the oil pan gasket.
Good news is, - do all these items and the car runs like new for many
miles more.
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Old 14 Nov 2004, 08:38 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge that
> a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of accumulation
> near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near the
> distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so
> is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a
> little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?


I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl because
it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per minute. Wiped it
off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a new drop there ready
to fall.



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Old 15 Nov 2004, 07:14 am   #5 (permalink)
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I had the same problem last year with my 4cyl '95 Camry....lost almost all
my oil in a 400km trip.
Now it seems ok.

"Mark" <makolber@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
>> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge
>> that
>> a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of
>> accumulation
>> near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near
>> the
>> distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa,
>> so
>> is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak
>> a
>> little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?

>
> I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl because
> it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per minute. Wiped it
> off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a new drop there ready
> to fall.
>
>
>
> Mark



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Old 15 Nov 2004, 07:25 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 22:05:40 -0400, camry-keeper wrote:

> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge that
> a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of accumulation
> near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near the
> distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so
> is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a
> little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?


HAHAHA! I have had a headgasket area leak on my Toyota Corolla...since
1990! That was about 180,000 miles ago.

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Old 17 Nov 2004, 11:20 am   #7 (permalink)
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"Mark" <makolber@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message

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> > Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to acknowledge

that
> > a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet. Also lot of

accumulation
> > near the junction where the upper radiator hose enters the block, near

the
> > distributor. So far, I have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa,

so
> > is there any harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket

leak a
> > little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?

>
> I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl because
> it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per minute. Wiped it
> off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a new drop there ready
> to fall.
>
>
>
> Mark



Use some teflon thread tape (plumber's supplies will have it in any h/ware
shop).Make sure you wrap it the right direction around the threaded part of
the sensor(clockwise looking at the bottom of the sensor) so it doesnt
bunch-up when screwing the sensor in. About 2" or so of tape should be
enough.

Jason

Jason


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Old 17 Nov 2004, 11:36 am   #8 (permalink)
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Jason James wrote:
> "Mark" <makolber@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:3367f36e.0411141838.2fc5b7df@posting.google.c om...
>> "camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message

> news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
>>> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to
>>> acknowledge that a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet.
>>> Also lot of accumulation near the junction where the upper radiator
>>> hose enters the block, near the distributor. So far, I have no
>>> coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so is there any harm,
>>> besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a little?
>>> What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?

>>
>> I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl because
>> it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per minute. Wiped
>> it off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a new drop there
>> ready
>> to fall.
>>
>>
>>
>> Mark

>
>
> Use some teflon thread tape (plumber's supplies will have it in any
> h/ware shop).Make sure you wrap it the right direction around the
> threaded part of the sensor(clockwise looking at the bottom of the
> sensor) so it doesnt bunch-up when screwing the sensor in. About 2"
> or so of tape should be enough.
>
> Jason



NEVER EVER use teflon tape on a sensor that is a SOURCE OF GROUND. A sensor
of this kind can be identified simply by the fac that it has a single pin
connetor on top. On sensors of this type, a liquid thread sealer is
appropriate.
--

-Philip
> Jason



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Old 17 Nov 2004, 02:07 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"Philip" <1chip-state1@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Jason James wrote:
> > "Mark" <makolber@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > news:3367f36e.0411141838.2fc5b7df@posting.google.c om...
> >> "camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message

> > news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> >>> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to
> >>> acknowledge that a portion of the head gasket area is slightly wet.
> >>> Also lot of accumulation near the junction where the upper radiator
> >>> hose enters the block, near the distributor. So far, I have no
> >>> coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so is there any harm,
> >>> besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a little?
> >>> What is the best way to really find where it's leaking from?
> >>
> >> I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl because
> >> it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per minute. Wiped
> >> it off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a new drop there
> >> ready
> >> to fall.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Mark

> >
> >
> > Use some teflon thread tape (plumber's supplies will have it in any
> > h/ware shop).Make sure you wrap it the right direction around the
> > threaded part of the sensor(clockwise looking at the bottom of the
> > sensor) so it doesnt bunch-up when screwing the sensor in. About 2"
> > or so of tape should be enough.
> >
> > Jason

>
>
> NEVER EVER use teflon tape on a sensor that is a SOURCE OF GROUND. A

sensor
> of this kind can be identified simply by the fac that it has a single pin
> connetor on top. On sensors of this type, a liquid thread sealer is
> appropriate.
> --
>
> -Philip
> > Jason


You are right in that teflon will act as an insulator for those threads
which remain completely covered after installation,....but I haven't found
all the threads to be rendered insulated from the block especially when the
threaded section has loaded aginst the hole's threads and where there is a
slight taper on the sensor (which is in itself a sealing technique).

But in the pursuit of absolute correctness you are correct :-)

BTW,..I haven't used any liquid sealers on cars except Ford hardening and
non-hardening Goo on troublesome gasket surfaces,...which one do you
recommend for the sensor mentioned Phil?

Jason


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Old 17 Nov 2004, 06:13 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Jason James wrote:
> "Philip" <1chip-state1@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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>> Jason James wrote:
>>> "Mark" <makolber@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>> news:3367f36e.0411141838.2fc5b7df@posting.google.c om...
>>>> "camry-keeper" <pwichert@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:<4520ac09d353b97d230699482667906a@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
>>>>> Trying to fix a 2 drop/day oil leak, I've been refusing to
>>>>> acknowledge that a portion of the head gasket area is slightly
>>>>> wet. Also lot of accumulation near the junction where the upper
>>>>> radiator hose enters the block, near the distributor. So far, I
>>>>> have no coolant in my antifreeze or vice versa, so is there any
>>>>> harm, besides compression loss, letting the head gasket leak a
>>>>> little? What is the best way to really find where it's leaking
>>>>> from?
>>>>
>>>> I just replaced the oil pressure sending unit on my 95 4 cyl
>>>> because it was leaking oil. It was leaking about 1 drop per
>>>> minute. Wiped it off with a rag and in a minute or so there was a
>>>> new drop there ready
>>>> to fall.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Mark
>>>
>>>
>>> Use some teflon thread tape (plumber's supplies will have it in any
>>> h/ware shop).Make sure you wrap it the right direction around the
>>> threaded part of the sensor(clockwise looking at the bottom of the
>>> sensor) so it doesnt bunch-up when screwing the sensor in. About 2"
>>> or so of tape should be enough.
>>>
>>> Jason

>>
>>
>> NEVER EVER use teflon tape on a sensor that is a SOURCE OF GROUND.
>> A sensor of this kind can be identified simply by the fac that it
>> has a single pin connetor on top. On sensors of this type, a liquid
>> thread sealer is appropriate.
>> --
>>
>> -Philip
>>

>
> You are right in that teflon will act as an insulator for those
> threads which remain completely covered after installation,....but I
> haven't found all the threads to be rendered insulated from the block
> especially when the threaded section has loaded aginst the hole's
> threads and where there is a slight taper on the sensor (which is in
> itself a sealing technique).
>
> But in the pursuit of absolute correctness you are correct :-)
>
> BTW,..I haven't used any liquid sealers on cars except Ford hardening
> and non-hardening Goo on troublesome gasket surfaces,...which one do
> you recommend for the sensor mentioned Phil?
>
> Jason



There are anaerobics and then there's wick n' sealer for threads (Locktite
product). :-)
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