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Oil drips from the rear area of the engine at the rate of one Qt in 50 miles. there is a cylinder thingy about the size of a soda can that seems to drip the oil. It is located beside the oil filter, drivers side

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  • mike_bonne Jul 17, 2009

    ok, i looked at them on autozone, but the pic must have been rotated because I didn't recognize it. do you think it's a seal deal or something more serious?

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88143g59.gif Crankshaft rear main seal - 5.7L engine

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88143g60.gif Exploded view of the rear main seal installation - 3.4L engine
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88143g61.gif Rear main seal and installation tool - 3.8L engine
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