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PostSubject: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyMon Jun 20, 2011 6:25 pm

When I picked up my Riviera I pulled it onto a tow dolly and have quite the puddle of oil from the car being tilted to that degree. It appears the previous owner was topping it up because I found a funnel and empty oil containers in the trunk. My guess was oil pan or valve cover. I just found it odd to be instantly dripping oil when the front of the car was put on the tow dolly (tilted) any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyMon Jun 20, 2011 6:32 pm

could have been pooling in the intake area. Intake gaskets are notorious for failing and oil coming out could be a side effect, as could poor valve cover gaskets. When you tilted it, the puddles ran down the VC. Remember oil spreads out a lot, so not much oil can look like a huge leak. Not likely to be oil pan unless it was VERY overfilled.
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PostSubject: Re: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyMon Jun 20, 2011 7:26 pm

Yeah, probably the Intake. I've seen a butt-load of 1/2" deep pockets filled with oil on 3800's. A lil tip like a tow dolly would be enough to make it "spill over".
There's really no where else for the oil to pool up, aside from the top of the transmission....
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PostSubject: Re: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyMon Jun 20, 2011 9:42 pm

I didn't know anything was common for leaking oil externally from the intake gaskets. Seems to drip from the transmission pan area and down from there. I will have to get a better look. There is no coolant in the oil or anything like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyTue Jun 21, 2011 6:50 am

I am not positive about that, but other 3800s I've done intake gaskets on have all had oil puddles in there. I wonder if they leak through the intake bolts, I've seen that before. I usually dab RTV on the intake bolt threads when I reassemble.
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PostSubject: Re: Oil leak?   Oil leak? EmptyTue Jun 21, 2011 5:38 pm

Just throwing it out there, drain plug is in it right?
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