Join Date: May 2011
My Ride: '93 Dodge Spirit
Engine: 3.0L V6
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Oil leaking from exhaust manifold bolts...Confused...
I finally got around to trying to find some possible sources of the leak on my 3.0L.
I was shocked when I saw oil coming from the exhaust manifold gasket's studs/bolts...And trust me, there is leaks in other places, but it's 100% coming from these bolts. There's only 95k miles on this car, which isn't much in the first place, plus its a 20 year old car.
Diagnosis? I hope it's not piston rings. Here's the problem. If it's too much, my dad will probably just tell me to trash the car...which I obviously don't want to do. I probably won't be able to remove the engine though I most likely could since my neighbors have a hoist I could borrow. I'm assuming there's something happening in the top end that isn't quite right, though the engine runs pretty darn strong. I guess the first thing I'll do is a compression test. But after that I'm rather clueless. Am I getting myself into something I shouldn't bother with? I'd like to rebuild or replace some stuff in the top end, but I don't know exactly what I can do without taking out the engine...
Eh. I don't think I'm too happy.