XR8 oil leak...?
Ok, as you guys have already heard, I bought myself an EB XR8, and as an added feature, it came with an aftermarket oil leak. At first I thought it was because the car had too much oil in it, then I thought it was the power steering leaking, so today I put it up the ramps and now I'm confused as hell.
Let me explain the leak first. It doesn't leak overnight or when cold, only for a little after being run. e.g. I take the car for a spin, pull up in my driveway, look under car and...drip. So the leak isn't small. I can't tell what sort of oil it is (gear, motor, power steering fluid) because after it has been through all the shit on the cross member, its brown anyway.
I put it up on the ramps today and gave it a good clean under there. It appeared to be coming from around the powersteering gear. Even though the sump was covered with oil, the sump plug wasn't leaking and the sump gasket wasn't leaking (nor the rear main seal). The block was completely oil free, so the leak was below the block somewhere. I drained about a litre of oil because I new that the motor was overfull anyway.
The power steering fluid was MEGA low, so I inspected the steering gear, but because it sits nicely up between the cross member and sump, that was rather difficult. I cleaned it as much as I could and started the car up. I let it get warm, then checked for oil leaks...no leaks?
I washed it all down with a gernie, took it for a spin around the block and there haven't been any leaks yet. What the? I didn't fix anything... Any ideas?
I don't think it could've been oil leaking out the dipstick because the leak was so big and I would have noticed a whole heap of oil spewing from the dippy. So I don't think that my draining of the oil fixed anything. I'm confused.
1992 EB XR8 - 5 spd manual
- Genie extractors, 2.5" exhaust, single Mercury muffler
- 18x8.5" Lenso Psycho rims, 235/40 Toyo Z series
- GT scoop and wing
- Kenwood mp3 player, Kenwood splits and 6x9s
- Momo woodgrain steering wheel & gearknob