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Old 12-18-2018, 01:49 PM
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Time Chain Cover - leak... how important

13 Fit with 80k miles.

Had the passenger side airbag recall done and the dealer says the timing chain cover is leaking.

There is no spotting on my driveway and the oil does not seem to be going down on the dipstick.
Given the above, how important is it to get this fixed?

Can I just monitor the oil level and then when the chain needs to be adjusted (100k miles??) get this done?
 
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Chain doesn't get adjusted. Youre probably thinking of valve adjustment.
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ommegga View Post
Chain doesn't get adjusted. Youre probably thinking of valve adjustment.
Ok, so how important is it that I get this fixed?
 
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If there is no spotting , I wouldn't really worry about it much. Just do it when ready or when you start seaing oil on your driveway. But I warn you, replacing timing chain cover on GE8 is pain the a$$.
 
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If there is no spotting , I wouldn't really worry about it much. Just do it when ready or when you start seaing oil on your driveway. But I warn you, replacing timing chain cover on GE8 is pain the a$$.
Yeah, I was thinking it would be something I could do. But then I took a look at it.... Thus the question.

Thanks
 
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:53 PM
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Keep an eye out on the oil level on the dipstick...

If you really want... a nice piece of cardboard(that is spotless- super clean) whip it under the engine area on the ground
make sure it is large enough, encompassing the all important areas under vehicle that you want to check for drips.

make sure vehicle was ran to operation temps for a while..... then park it, say, for overnight...... check the cardboard in the morning....

Do this for a while......... or periodically............ Sounds like to me that they were probably looking to generate work for the shop.....(but what do I no?)
 
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:01 PM
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If the oil pressure is good I wouldn't worry about it. But if you're still worried tell him to show u exactly where the cover is leaking. Timing Cover or the valve cover? Either way both can be fixed by cleaning it off with a degreaser and putting a nickel size swab of gasket over the leak. Doubt it's the timing cover though. It comes with a thick gasket lining from factory. Most likely you probably spilled oil when u did an oil change.
 
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:41 PM
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I agree with everyone else.

Dealer service departments like to point out oil leaks. These are labor intensive fixes to replace a seal, making them lots of money.

Old cars drip oil. Don't worry about it unless it starts using excessive oil (or you see puddles on your driveway). If the drops bother you, put a drip-pan under it.
 
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Drip pan, Here Here!..... Yeah for sure!

You can also run a little thicker oil.... as well...... like 5w30........

(instead of the Sewing machine oil we run in cars today) It may however effect fuel economy... a little
 

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