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Old 04-13-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default 1997 SL2 - massive oil leak

The oil leak in my 1997 SL2 is massive. I lose about 1 1/2 to 2 quarts every 100 miles. When I stop driving and park it, there is a 12" puddle under the car when I return. The entire underside of the car is coated in oil. I can't continue to drive this car and I need some input as to what might be causing it.

It appears to be leaking at or near the oil pan. My fear is that it is the rear main.

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It appears to be streaming from the oil pan area, but I am thinking it's the rear main?

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Default Re: 1997 SL2 - massive oil leak

Oil tends to leak down... so start at the top, esp around the back of the cam/valve cover, wipe with clean paper towel or toilet paper, work your way down
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Default Re: 1997 SL2 - massive oil leak

Yeah, I did wipe it down. There are other areas that are damp with oil from a slightly leaking valve cover and me spilling it when I top off.

I was under the car with it running and the oil is a constant stream from that one spot. It drips down onto a bracket and the exhaust.

^^^I left that part out.

I am just having a difficult time believing that all this oil is coming from a pan gasket. Could it be?
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Are those two pictures of the cv joints with leaking possibly from a cvj seal?
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Anyone else think the oil pan is bent? Looks like more than the "normal" curve of the pan in that area (first pic).
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Please do not take offense, but have you checked the oil filter ?
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Please do not take offense, but have you checked the oil filter ?
Oil filter is dry. Not offended!
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What I have decided to do is mothball the car for now because I need a daily driver ASAP not a project.

Tomorrow I look at a 1992 SL2 with 157k on the clock. They are asking $1000 and if it drives OK I will buy it.

Then I will pull the engine out of the 97 and rebuild it. I was wanting to do that anyway. I plan was to get another engine, rebuild that and then do the swap. Looks like my plans have changed!
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Oil filter is dry. Not offended!
I had a lot of trouble finding a leak last year after my fiance got her oil changed at a Goodyear shop. I told her to take it back. They swore it was an oil pan gasket and barely looked at it. I wiped everything down as much as I could and noticed a small seeping area at the base of the filter. I took the filter off, wiped everything, put it back on and it still leaked. I bought a new filter and the leak stopped. I wouldn't have seen it had I not jacked up the car, took off the wheel and watched it very slowly drip from the base of the filter with a flashlight pointed at it. I change her oil now. They misdiagnosed another issue as well with extremely little effort, so needless to say, no more Goodyear.
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. They swore it was an oil pan gasket and barely looked at it.
Yep - there is no oil pan gasket; just RTV
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Anyone else think the oil pan is bent? Looks like more than the "normal" curve of the pan in that area (first pic).
Ya, it does look bent to me also. Like someone tried prying it apart.
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