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I am changing the starter on a 97 aurora. I took the cover off to expose the starter and there is oil in the chamber all the way up to the bottom of the starter. Is this right?

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  • chrismarley Sep 27, 2009

    how do I go about finding the leak?

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No oil should be in this starter, You have either a engine rear main seal or a transmission torque converter seal leaking, and this can caause premature starter failure... you will need to repair any leaks or you will repeat the issue...

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    If you want to pin point the leak the best way is to have access to a vehicle lift and a pressure washer, anyone can just say remove the transmission, well it is not always necessary, first you want to identify the type of oil that is leaking then the next step is to locate the origin of the leak, it is best to start with a clean slate, pressure wash entire engine top to bottom, transmission too, then remove the bellhousing cover to access the torque converter area, you will need a powerful flash light and a mechanics flex head mirrior to see for best results, ATF should be red in color unless it is dirty from lack of service also it will be of thinner viscosity than motor oil. You will want to start your search up high because oil or any fluids will leak down do to gravity, it can blow back from driving the car though. Before you just rip and tear it always pays off in the long run to eliminate the obvious.

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No definitely not you probably have a bad rear main oil seal a very common problem on those cars

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  • Eliezer Miller Sep 27, 2009

    you will need to remove the trans and see what seal is leaking and replace it

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How to change a starter on a 97 olds aurora

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