Valve cover leaking oil

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by marx404, May 27, 2004.

  1. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    I just noticed that one of the top 3 bolts in the center of my valve cover
    is permeating oil around the edge of the bolt. It is so minimal that it is
    hardly noticeable. Everything else is bone-dry. I just had the valve cover
    gasket replaced last year, is this normal?
    I have a 94 SL2 with 90K miles.

    I have an appointment to have the gasket changed next week, but I am
    concerned as I drive about 60 miles a day at highway speeds (above 70mph)
    and am concerned about compression loss or engine damage. I am not low on

    As long as I make sure the oil is at level, is this ok? Thanks.
    marx404, May 27, 2004
  2. What about in the base of the spark plug wells, any oil there?

    Unless it was leaving puddles I wouldn't think it's anything but annoying.
    It could be a result of the last gasket replacement (not done correctly), or
    if I made a leap (wild guess) there could be increased cover pressure from
    worn valve stem seals.
    Jonnie Santos, May 27, 2004
  3. marx404

    Blah blah Guest

    Valve covers are often prone to leak/seep especially on a 1.9L. Someone
    must not have torqued it down right or missed a spot that required
    sealant or didnt clean the surface very well.
    Compression loss from a "valve" cover?
    Blah blah, May 27, 2004
  4. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    well, I just wanted to be on the safe side. I feel much better knowing that
    it is more of an annoyance then a prelude to a problem, especially when I am
    now driving 60 miles a day at speeds up to and past 80mph sometimes. Thanx.

    marx404, May 28, 2004
  5. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    What about in the base of the spark plug wells, any oil there?

    nope, bone dry. pulled out the plug wires, inspected them and the plug wells
    too. :)

    marx404, May 28, 2004
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