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Had timing belt changed now oil leak 1990 300zx

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  • Linda Jarvis Oct 14, 2013

    Never leaked til belts changed .

  • Linda Jarvis Oct 16, 2013

    I will ask him tomorrow - thank you

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Did you had the oil seals for the cams and crank shaft replaced?
they will leak after being disturbed by the belt change. clean the area good and see if is coming fron that area ok.more likely you will need to replace those seals my friend.

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