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Old 07-20-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question 97 SL2 Oil Leak

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So I recently just entered the Saturn world by purchase of a '97 SL2. The guy I bought it from said the car burned a lot of oil so I found this forum and followed the MMO+Oil change tutorial. Needless to say while doing this I noticed small amounts of oil dripped from the car under the passenger side. Not sure where it's coming from but I have an idea I saw a bit of oil that seemed to be coming from the case. So from looking at the pics any suggestions?? Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: 97 SL2 Oil Leak

Looks like the valve cover gasket is leaking around the timing cover area, The gasket does not look old however if it wasnt properly done with RTV on the T-Joints these engine leak in that area front and back.

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: 97 SL2 Oil Leak

Thanks for the reply!

What do you suggest I do to fix this?

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Old 07-21-2014, 10:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: 97 SL2 Oil Leak

The plastic covers are notorious for leaking. The best fix is to replace it with an aluminum cover from a 1994 or 1995. There are tons of threads regarding this. Have you checked for oil in the spark plug wells ?

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: 97 SL2 Oil Leak

I will be sure to check for that thread also during the MMO soak when I removed the plugs I didn't really notice much but I will double check them to see. Thanks.

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Old 07-21-2014, 02:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: 97 SL2 Oil Leak

Usually, when the plastic valve covers warp and leak, they do that at the opposite end (driver side rear).

The aluminum cover is a permanent fix (and looks better, IMO). One of the better threads was started by Saturninin
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=187908

But if you want to 'cheap out' a bit, I'll bet whoever did your cover just did not put a dab of RTV at the front corners, or did not thoroughly clean the head surface before putting it on (and/or did not properly torque the cover on; it's something like 7 inch lbs and done in evenly in stages

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Old 07-26-2014, 12:34 PM   #7
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I just replaced the plastic valve cover on my own '97 SL2 a few months ago. If you don't want to go to a junk yard yourself, contact Saturninin from that other thread and he sells the entire kit with instructions but a reasonable price. Worked for me!

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Old 07-26-2014, 01:04 PM   #8
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Usually, when the plastic valve covers warp and leak, they do that at the opposite end (driver side rear).

The aluminum cover is a permanent fix (and looks better, IMO). One of the better threads was started by Saturninin
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=187908

But if you want to 'cheap out' a bit, I'll bet whoever did your cover just did not put a dab of RTV at the front corners, or did not thoroughly clean the head surface before putting it on (and/or did not properly torque the cover on; it's something like 7 inch lbs and done in evenly in stages
I believe it is a torque setting of 89 inch pounds. I recently replaced my gasket and used a Harbor Freight $10 special torque wrench. If you get the aluminum cover, do not cheap out and use RTV in lieu of a proper valve cover gasket. I used a Felpro I got on Amazon for $23

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Replace the Valve cover with the Aluminum 94-95 unit and you will need a new gasket, Use RTV on the t-joints on the Timing Cover and only torque the bolts to 80 In/lbs The spec is 89 however if you break one of those off or your torque wrench isnt calibrated correctly it can turn into a bad day real fast.

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