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We need to change the timing cover because it's leaking oil. Where is this cover located?

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Front of the engine, but this is a big job. It is probably leaking from the crankshaft seal. You have to take everything off the front of the engine, including the crankshaft pulley, which usually requires a puller. If you want to try this, I can look up the procedure for you. Lemme know.

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Look on the drivers side of the engine. You may have to shift the engine

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The timing cover is located behind the pullys and belt. The motor may have to be removed to accomplish this.

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