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Old 08-06-2005, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
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? Re small amount of oil/grease on engine....


Hello again. I have a 1986 Volvo 240 DL sedan [auto trans] with about
190,000 miles. My question is that I have a small amount of oil
leaking which seems to collect and congeel as grease on the exterior
top front/side of the engine just in front of and over and around the
front spark plug [right under the volvo name on the engine]. It is
obviously a very small leak as I get oil changes every three thousand
miles, and even when I check the dipstick just before the next oil
change, the oil loss is negligable. However, when the engine warms, a
small amount of oil smoke does emminate from the stain [although it is
quickly sucked away by the fan.] But I am slightly concerned about the
possibility of an engine compartment fire due to the proximity of the
spark plug to the leak/stain. So my question is where could the leak
likely be eminating from based on the posistion of the stain? And what
part needs to be replaced. Someone told me the engine seals are the
likely cause, are they possibly correct? And is there a genuine
possibility of an engine fire with a leak of this small nature? Thank
you for any replies and insight on this issue. [btw, i'm afraid to have
the engine cleaned or degreased due to the possiblity of electrical
shorts and/or other damage. Should I be?] Thanks in advance.


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