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Unread 01-18-2014, 08:06 AM   #1
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Leak after RMS replace

I'm just looking for an opinion here.

I read everything I could and followed all the great information on here. I put the gasket on the block with rtv and then mounted the pan. Once I filled it, not 30 secs in it stared leaking back by the transmission, never got to the point of starting it. :

I assumed it was the Oil pan gasket, based on everything I read. I just pulled everything off and the gasket stayed on the block, so I was able to see if it was in the correct place. I actually had to pull it out of that groove that it usually doesn't go into, so it looks like it was seated properly. I'm prepared to try again, but just curious if the immediate oil leak points to anything I could have screwed up with the bearing cap, RMS or if it definitely points to the gasket and I should just give it another shot.

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Unread 01-18-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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Checked the oil filter adaptor? a leak from there will look like an rms leak

nvm saw now that you never started it..
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Unread 01-18-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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Yeah, never started it.

But to answer the question, I replaced the oil filter adapter and the distributor gasket at the same time as the rms. Kind of a shotgun approach to my leaks.

I had to drop the pan to look for another problem I was having, so I decided to do these other things at the same time.
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Unread 01-18-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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Filling with oil and leaks? Valve cover gasket? All oil when filled up rushed to the back of the valve cover and leaked maybe?
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Unread 01-18-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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Cleaned everything and re installed pan. Leak still there. Dripping slowly off of the starter.

I did find a leak path that is definitely coming from above the pan. ..Probably the valve cover like you said jeepster.

So now I don't know if the pan is leaking or just the valve cover.

I don't know why the valve cover would have been effected by the work I did. Now I guess I'll replace the valve cover gasket and see if the leak goes away.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:54 AM   #6
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It was the valve cover. All back together and seems ok for now.

I'll be watching for leaks.

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Unread 01-21-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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It helps to degrease an engine (and keep it degreased) so as to find oil leaks early before they become problematic.

I clean my engines on my vehicles with degreaser at least once per year for exactly that reason.

A side benefit is that, with the grease not all over everything, the grease does not accumulate grit, and the grit does not chew up your wrenches and sockets. Yeah, I have worked on enough cars over the past 35 years that I have actually worn out sockets with grit chewing them up.
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