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I just replaced all oil lines on my 97 thunderbolt. i dropped the oil pump due to a loose fitting. put everything back the way it was. simple right? well when i fired it up. oil came drooling out of the pump just above the pump side of the oiul pump. any ideas what i did wrong?

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  • Van_Kerr May 11, 2010

    Hi .... Did you carry this out over an oil pan etc ? Sounds as if you've misplaced an O ring or used the same gasket. Have a look around the area for an O ring.



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You dropped the oil pump it needs to be replaced again and new gaskets installed,you have to be very gentle with the pump they are so porly made.

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