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Oil leak on front of engine. 4 cylinder...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by wheresthericego, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. Mar 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM
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    wheresthericego

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    Today I picked up a oil leak. I noticed burning oil smell while driving today so I checked it while getting fuel. It must have just started since the oil level was barely below the line on the dipstick.

    So its leaking from the front of the engine above the crank pulley and below the valve cover. Could this be the headgasket?
    The engine runs fine and does not seem to have low compression on the front cylinder if the head gasket was blown. Where could the oil be coming from?
     
  2. Mar 7, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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  3. Mar 7, 2009 at 9:25 PM
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    You need to be more specific. Is it directly in the front of the engine? or to one side? Pics would surely help.
     
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    I'm betting valve cover gasket. A leaking head gasket would give you worse problems than oil leaking. They sell dye at most auto parts stores that you can pour in your oil then you take a black light into your engine bay after running it for a few days and you can track the leak. That is the easiest way I have found to track leaks. Also If you dye your oil and there is no dye trace but you still have a leak that could mean it is power steering fluid or something else.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2009 at 11:45 PM
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    could also be a Cam Seal. Clean it off real good and check again :D
     
  6. Mar 8, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    At the rate it is leaking if it were any faster it would be a steady stream. I had the truck running for 5 mins at the gas station and it had a 8" puddle on the ground.
    It seems to be coming from over the crank and below the valve cover. It is running down the front of the engine and dripping off the crank case. Could it be the top of the oil pump leaking?
    With lighting it was difficult to get a pic but behind the tensioner pulley and a little lower down is where the oil is coming from.
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