On 10/18/97 10:26 AM so and so Richard D. Arnold said. (And I quote)
Sorry Number A Check the Dip Stick
>On Friday, 17 October 1997 at 10:26 Nory wrote:
>NORY> Is there any way to, at least temporarily fix the obligatory
>Spridget oil leaks without pulling the engine?
>Response by RICH> The first question is how much work do you want to
>have to do? I believe you can replace virtually every gasket/seal on the
>engine with it in place (excepting the rear seal) but it is easier to do
>it with the engine out.
>If you simply just want to slow them down (they can be eliminated,
>believe it or not), this is what I did to an older six-cylinder Chevy
>that ran well, but leaked all over the place. Clean the engine
>internally with a can of Motor Flush; follow the directions carefully,
>then change oil with a cheap grade of oil and filter, run the engine for
>twenty minutes at 1500 rpms and change the oil with a good grade of oil
>and filter. Add a can of Oil Stop Leak. While you're changing the oil,
>check the filler plug gasket, or apply some thread tape to it. Check the
>ones on the gearbox and the rear-end as well.
>Check to make sure that your PCV or equivalent is working (I tried for
>two days to stop a leak on mine and it turned out the PCV was toast and
>air pressure was forcing oil out).
>Clean the exterior of the engine thoroughly with a high pressure hose,
>degreaser, etc, etc. Clean it again. Remove all the ancillary
>components (alternator, etc) and clean it again. Use compressed air to
>remove all the water.
>Run the engine for a bit to warm it through and crawl under it with a
>drop light from many different angle to find where it is leaking. 'Snug
>up' all the bolts first.
>If this does not stop/slow the leak, clean the area of the leak
>thoroughly with carb cleaner or the equivalent and apply a thin bead of
>silicone directly into the area of the gasket edge (between the mating
>surfaces). Force it in with a wet finger, let it set, then repeat.
>This will cure or at least temporarily fix/slow down the problem, but it
>does nothing for the front and rear seals. If they're leaking, you might
>as well replace them all...
>Seriously, I would consider pulling the engine, buying the gasket/seal
>set, and replacing them all. You can do it over one good weekend with
>hand tools, though you may have to rent a hoist.
>The plus side is that you know everything is good, you can inspect the
>lower end, and you can clean and paint everything. A clean engine
>compartment is a joy to work on.
>Hope this helps.
Larry & Janet