I was recently told by a mechanic that my t'birds main seal is the reason for it's leaking. I had a different mechanic fix it before this one and he said it wasn't the main, but it's still leaking on the garage floor. I replace about a quart of oil every 2 or so months, so that's the rate of leakage. The car runs really great despite the leak, and I want to get it fixed but was told it was a design flaw in that years model and now no one will do that work as it can go again at any time, the car has 73K original miles on it. What are my options as I love the car and want to keep it if possible. I was also told I could get another 30K miles on it even with the leak as long as I always make sure I add oil, but it's messing up the garage where I rent the spot and it needs to be fixed in order for me to keep it.
On the 86' bird the engines are all mounted for rear wheel drive the problem is the seal is very touchy, you may have a grove on the crank . ford makes a seal kit with a new and improved seal. i know i own a 86' bird.
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Re: 86 T'bird with leaky main seal
Your engine is mounted transverse, which puts the "front" of the engine to the passenger side.
The front crank seal would be leaking around the shaft of the lowest,
largest pulley. While the rear main would be leaking from either the
transmission inspection cover(automatic trans) or the bellhousing where
the trans meets the engine block(manual trans) Of course, since these
are both seals on the crankshaft, it may be leaking from both! These
problems are best addressed by the competent care of a professional
Auto tech as the crank may be off balance, due to a larger internal
try to diagnose your self by cleaning the lower half of the engine
using a grease cutting solvent then spraying off at the local car wash,
then by the time you have made it home it should be apparent where the
leak actually is. Either way a mechanic should make the repair.
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I bought a 2000 RL used, with some factory warranty remaining, and then bought an extended warranty. While hnder warranty, car began to smell up my garage from fumes from oil dripping onto hot exhaust. Not enough oil at that point to show up on garage floor. Complained to dealer about the odor but Acura Master Mechanic (said he) couldn't find source of odor (although I told him I suspected an oil leak because I had prior experience with oil leaks and resultant smells on another car). On the next service visit after the extended warranty expired, same master mechanic said my RL's rear main oil seal was leaking onto exhaust causing odor. And the dealer wanted north of $1000 to fix it. I declined. Leak has steadily gotten worse - now visible drops on garage floor. An independent repair shop quoted $650 plus the cost of replacing expensive, special Honda transmission fluid. Took my complaint all the way up the chain to the head of Honda in Japan, but got no assistance. No more Honda products for me.
that is reasonable. considering you have to pull the engine out of car and remove transmission to do it. although the car isn't worth much more then that so I would just put some oil stop leak in and keep it toped up.
Shaft seals on the pump do go bad. Just replaced one myself. The gasket for the pump housing itself may be leaking. You have to look real hard to tell which is leaking. If you replace the pump, you'll kill both birds with one stone since you need to use a new gasket anyhow.
4 things come to mind. 1.) has the car been wrecked and repaired, if so the doors may be out of adjustment.
2.) faulty door deals. the rubber seal that goes around the doors.
3.) a bad windshield installation or seal. if the windshield seal is bad it could allow water in at the top which could run between the cars metal roof and the fiberboard interior roof.
4.) bent doors
if the car has never been wrecked and the doors have never been removed then you can pretty much count out 1 and 4. check the door seals for tears or missing or flat sections. if they are intact then you may want to try pouring some water around the top of the windshield and check for leaks.
just some ideas. hope this helps, have a good day.
do you have a mechanical or a electric fan?
acording to your question seems to be electrical make sure the fan nut is tie and there is no cracks on blades
also wigle the ft shaft up and down and if you feel any play the replace the motor