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Old 11-17-2003, 05:47 PM
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is this repetitive bad luck or what?

Good news and bad news guys.

I FINALLY got the problem solved with the backfiring of my car. After hours and hours on end, finally!! It is running smooth now, just need to find the best timing for it.

HOWEVER, i knew that it couldn't be true, as usual. I opened my hood after driving it to the gas station and oil was everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. And it had nothing to do with what I worked on, including the distributor and drivers side valve cover, and carberator. It was coming from somewhere near the passenger valve cover, or the intake manifold or somewhere near the carb. NOW THIS IS BAD. Why all of a sudden? This valve cover or intake hasn't leaked for some hundreds of miles, and then all of a sudden exactly when I finish fixing the other problem. This is bad luck or something.
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Old 11-17-2003, 10:55 PM
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Take rags and clean up everything you can. Then start the car and see if you can identify where it is leaking. I don't know how it would get everywhere but with all the wind under the hood from the fan I guess it could get blown around.

If you are leaking between your head and block that is bad. Do a compression check on all your cylinders and see what you have. If you have anything below 125 it isn't good but it won't kill the engine but if it is below 100 you got problems. If you have two dead cylinders next to each other you have:

Best case, bad head gasket
Worst case, warped/cracked head

I don't know what your car was doing before but if it overheated too much or was detonating due to really bad timing or fouled plugs you could have issues. It doesn't sound good.

Make sure all your bolts are tight as well. Get torque specs for your head bolts too. But don't worry about that until after a compression check. then torque and see what happens. A valve adjustment to, just to be sure it is not valves causing lost compression (probably not). When all else fails, pull the head and find out what is wrong.

Do you have water in your oil?

Rick
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Actually when I took off the valve cover I smelled gas. Probably from the backfiring I had from my carb and timing. Maybe the gas made it too thin or something. I hope its nothing too serious from the backfiring.

I did check the torque on the valve covers and the intake. Intake was fine, however the valve covers have gotten extremely tight. Now I never torqued them that tight, and I almost had to use a hammer to get them off. Im hoping when I take the valve cover off on that side the gasket is cracked.

The odd part is I started my car, revved the engine up to about 3 grand, and watched the area, and I saw it accumulating near an intake bolt. Either it is leaking down from the valve cover or something in the intake. I hope once again its nothing you mentioned.

If it was a minor leak I could just deal with it. but it gets blown into the fan, and all into the air filter and on the carb and such. I don't know anymore.
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I don't know if Mopar engines have this but on some Small Block Chevy heads some of the intake bolt holes aren't blind and if sealer isn't used on the bolt threads it will allow oil to seep up the threads and puddle in the manifold low spots.
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But would that happen all of a sudden after about 500 miles without trouble?
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