Thanks for the info. Was cam sensor. Now I need a head gasket.
So now after spending $240 on the cam sensor repair, we noticed oil leaking out all over the place. Took it in to the same place, (didn't happen until we had the car repaired), and they now want $800 to repair a blown head gasket. After the $240 spent last week, we still can't drive the car and we're out of jobs. What a great holiday! Any suggestions?
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There is a seal on the cam sensor that if it was damaged or improperly installed it will leak and if you dont pay very close attention i can be mistaken for a headasket leak. although at one time they had a headgasket issue by 2004 they had it taken care of and headgaskets leaking oil are rare
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if you had a oil leak that is not a reason for a head gasket or skimming the head. now the compression and voluum in the head has changed a lot. all it being a turbo wow :( sorry. those engine leak a lot of oil through the turbo seal
if your car has alot,saying that im talkin 200.000 plus miles on it poss could be that sensor o ring,they very rarley fail unless lots of miles on drive train.without knowing how bad the leak is or any other pertinant info, like any recent service done? how long has it been leaking? does it only leak while running?while running under a load? or just sitting? all off the above? my guess would be valvecover gasket,front cam seal,oil fill cap, cyl head gasket? with just the info at hand to go on it could be any of these things pretty much in that order,if you can do a little more investigative work to answere some of the questions i asked you should get a verry accurate answere and poss things to address along with whatever maintenence needed to remedy the leak .
tricky job ...but ok ..just make sure you lock the cam gears if its 16 valve, sometimes you can use a wine cork if you dont have the tool , just put it between the cam s to prevent it from spinning inward ,,when reassembling after the following, so you can keep timing right while you replace the belt ....make sure you replace the belt dont reuse it...while your in there replace the water pump as well if it runs off the timing belt....its due with 115k....as well as cam seals head gasket valve cover gasket kit...intake manafold gasket..exuast gasket....also it is recommended that you replace head bolts in order to get the best tork spec.....and make sure the timing marks are correct and that your top dead center on the compression stroke #1 cylinder.....since thers no oil in the radiator its probly just a head gasket ..but send the head out have it magnaflexed check for cracks and have it decked ..milded flat if needed..it may be warped just alittle...you never know but after all that work you want to be sure...you cuold also replace front main seal while your in there...and valve seals on the head since its off anyway napa charges about 180.00 to redue the head..goodidea........
The oil is leaking from wherever you see oil on the engine. Sometimes there can be to much oil covering the engine and it needs to be degreased. A dye can also be added to the oil that will illuminate when a dye light is used to help track down a leak. If the oil pressure switch you removed wasn't wet with oil or leaking than it wasn't bad.
It could be anything from the valve cover gaskets, cam seals, front crank seal, oil pan gasket, rear main seal or head gaskets.
White oil means water or coolant is leaking in via Head Gasket Failure or a crack in the head.
Along with repair - be sure to have each cylinder compression tested to see if there is a crack that has developed.
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P0171 code is described as: lean condition bank 1, oxy sensor 1. If your vehicle is a 4 cylinder, which I believe it is.. you have got a lean air/fuel mixture being found by the ecm(computer).This can be caused by several things. The first of which is a possible vacuum leak at or near the intake manifold. This can also be caused by a MAF(Mass Air Flow) sensor problem or even by something as simple as a clogged fuel filter. This lean condition could also be the cause of the P0420 :described as a catalyst efficiency problem. It would be best to have the vehicle taken to a reputable repair facility that is capable of engine performance diagnostics and have them run tests for these codes. The gasket you mention is most likely a valve cover gasket not the head gasket and would not cause these codes. Although you should have this leak fixed before it becomes a problem.
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