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2000 Mazda Protege 1.6L big oil leak passanger side. No oil in timing belt area. All over firewall & steering rack. What is leaking?

I have a lagre oil leak on my 2000 Protege 1.6L engine. Started suddenly. Had Oil pan gasket replaced, Crankshaft seal replaced, Valve cover replaced. Inside of timing belt area dry but drive belts got soaked. Sprays passanger side firewall. Some oil where head meets block on wheel well side. Most oil on block surfaces. Uses 1 Qt every 120 Miles more when highway driving. Mechanic cannot track down leak with dye; too much oil leaking; says oil is under preasure. Could it be the oil pump to block seal or head gasket?

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  • Thomas Snyder Apr 18, 2014

    The problem ended up being the cam seal had hardened and leaking. There is a ledge where the head and block meet the thickness of the head gasket that allows the oil to flow out of the timing belt area. Unfortunately after changing the head gasket the thurst bearing failed welding the crankshaft to the #4 main bearing cap. The engine had 242K miles on it. Am in the process of installing a used engine. Thank to all that responded. Next time i will take it to a garage that knows Mazdas



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Probably gaskets are not sealed properly you have to redo it or try and cleaned it remove all the oil that sorrounds the engine and try to seal with a high temp silicon

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