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Unread 07-29-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Oil Leak Solved: Loose oil pan bolts

Was loosing over a quart every 3,000 mi.
Thought it was the rear main seal (already replaced once).
Ignored it for a long time thinking it would be a waste to replace the main seal again.
Turned out that the oil pan bolts were very loose.
Tightened. No more leak.

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Unread 01-05-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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I know this is an old post but is this a common problem?

I've seen more than a few posts concerning loose or missing oil pan bolts. My garage floor is so stained from the various leaks that I started parking over one of those giant drip pans, found a few small oil spots in there so somethings going on....again.

Going to check those bolts asap but until then am wondering if I might get lucky and just have a bolt or two that needs to be torqued.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:27 PM   #3
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Mine was weeping oil when I bought it. I also assumed it was the RMS, until I discovered both the valve cover and oil pan bolts were loose. The weeping went away after that. Don't know if this is common or not. I'm just happy the fix was easy.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:36 PM   #4
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Not cool.

I'm hoping I don't loose any hardware between now and when I get a chance to check - I wanted to check tonight but something came up that cut into time.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:40 PM   #5
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On mine, we are talking a ~1/4 of a turn all around. Not much, but enough to begin weeping. I drove it for nearly a year like that before I found a reason to mess with the valve cover and discover the real problem. Who knows how long this was going on before I bought the Jeep.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 11:08 PM   #6
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I had the same issue with my valve cover bolts being loose and weeping oil. I will check the oil pan bolts when I get back home.
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