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Have a serious oil leak.

Bought it as is, was told that the oil pan gasket needed replacing. Had that & oil pan replaced. Apparently that was not the problem. Is there a simple way to find this leak, bearing in mind I am not a mechanic?

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  • vernstack Jan 31, 2009

    3 litre engine. Engine runs great. Oil filter looks dry, some dripping on the ground but hard to say from where. Top of engine is also dry, except for a little splash here and there. Thought maybe it was burning it, because of the mess it's making on my rear window, but does not appear to be doing that. From Ottawa to Pembroke it went thru 4 litres.

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    i talked to a chevy auto parts and said that the 05 chevy cobalt 2.2l has no oil pan gasket it only uses sealant.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Does the underside of the van look wet from oil, like it's been oil sprayed? have you by any chance taken a compression tests, both wet & dry yet, (hope you know what I mean by that) to see how compression is? Inspect tailpipe for oil at end? Does it start to smoke when sitting & idling, or when you stop & go, or rev it a bit & see if it smokes when you let off?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    first a few questions need to be answered, hope you don't mind.

    It says 2000 caravan correct? What engine? If it's leaking oil, do you not see any dripping on the ground, or is it up higher on the engine? How does the engine run otherwise, and how much oil is it using? Did whoever did the oil pan, give you any ideas where it may also be leaking?

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I have a 96 grand caravan and had the same problem which was caused by a leaking inner axle shaft seal

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The 3.0 liter engine was known to walk out cam shaft seals. there are covers over the camshaft gears that can be removed and you should be able to see if the seal has came out

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