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Re: Oil Leak

To: (Gary R Hacker), MG List <>
Subject: Re: Oil Leak
From: David Tulchinsky <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 12:52:05 -0500
My, non-leaking 77B also seemed to be missing the gasket underneath
the oil filter to engine block assembly.  I was going to replace it.
Should I bother??


>For the past month or so I have had an oil leak that seemed to originate
>from the oil filter area.  I have a 75 MGB with the inverted oil
>filter.  Hoping for a simple solution, I changed the oil line from the
>block to the filter head, tightened the filter assembly to the block,
>and even changed the oil filter (less than 500 miles on the last oil
>change).  Still had oil collecting in the castle rail where it meets the
>fire wall and oil underneath the oil filter assembly.  Looking in the
>Moss catalogue, I saw that there was a rubber gasket that fits where the
>filter assembly mounts to the block.  Got a new one from Moss and
>yesterday attacked what I thought would be the solution to the leak.
>Pulled the oil filter, oil line and filter assembly.  Aha!  No gasket
>present.  Using a little non hardening gasket cement to hold the gasket
>in place, carefully replacing filter assembly and bolting to block.
>Pushed the car into the driveway to start it up and check for leaks.  I
>started it up.  No oil pressure.  Shut it off and looked in engine
>compartment and under car.  The Exxon Valdez has nothing on my MG.
>Quickly pushed car back into garage and sent son for largest bag of
>kiity litter available (Thanks for the tip Barney).  I have obviously
>failed to do something right.  I thought I had the gasket properly
>placed but I now have my doubts.  Anybody done this before?  Any and all
>ideas and suggestions appreciated.
>Bob Hacker
>1975 MGB
>Vancouver, Washington

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