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Found some misplaced oil.

I was taking the bolts of the top of my engine to get the top cover off. When i pulled off the one in the left front there was oil on the bottom of it.
What could it be?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Oh well guess it wasn't that important

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    An oil leak at the vc gasket?

  • what bolts are we talking about?



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It could be the valve cover gasket or pcv valve leaking. I'm not saying an oil leak is not important to fix but those leaks that never hit the ground and have dust all over them arent too bad.

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Here you go. BIG Job!

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  1. Drive your Ford Taurus up onto ramps or lifts so you have room to work as you pull out the oil pump. You could also use a jack, but make sure you brace the front wheels so they don't roll. In addition, set the emergency break firmly into position so the car doesn't roll.

  2. Take the engine out and put it on an engine stand then remove the upper intake manifold. Take off the valve covers then the accessory drive belt.

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  4. Rotate the pulley shaft clockwise to remove the crankshaft pulley. It has left-handed threads.

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Insert New Oil Pump

  1. Install the new oil pump and put the bolts back on in the same manner you removed them. Tighten these bolts to 71 to 106 in-lb.

  2. Reinsert the crankshaft timing gears, timing chains and front cover. Put the oil pump screen and tube back on, torquing the bolts to 71 to 106 in-lb, and torque the nut to 15 to 22 ft-lb.

  3. Put the oil pan back in, then the crankshaft pulley. Install the A/C compressor and bracket using new bolts for the A/C. Add the water pump, alternator, power steering pump, the accessory drive belt, valve covers and upper intake manifold.

  4. Replace the engine back into your Ford Taurus and fill the crankcase. Start your engine and look for leaks in the area you were working.

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I have a 1977 datsun 280z trying to remove lower timing chain cover removed all bolts including the ones in the front of the oil

Hi, have you removed the distributor and oil pump? See procedure pasted below.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and drain the coolant. Remove the radiator hoses, the automatic transmission cooler lines (if equipped), the radiator and the shroud.

CAUTION When draining coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze, and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.
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the valve cover can easily be seen when the hood is open. it is right on the top and where it meets the clyinder head is where the gasket is and the leak can be seen.

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