Re: [OMC-Boats] oil leak....

From: Justin DeSantis <duc1098desmo@...>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:39:58 -0400

Not sure how helpful it would be in this application, but there's a
method for finding leaks on motorcycles I've used for years. Taught to
me by a crusty old timer. Get the area of the oil leak good and clean.
Use degreaser and remove all the oil. Not get yourself some athletes
foot spray. It sprays as an aerosol and drys as a white powder. spray
it on all the seams that may be leaking. When the oil leaks through
again, it wets the powder and turns it black in the area of the leak.
Makes it easy to spot.

I tried everything once to locate the leak on a brand new Harley
Sportster. Found it with the spray. It was leaking right through the
engine case. Bad casting from the factory.

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 11:25 AM, BC Howk <bchowk@...> wrote:
> A few places
> -Head gasket
> -timing cover
> -rear main seal
> Check with your auto parts store but I believe they have oil additive that
> is flourescent (glows real bright under a black light) they make the stuff
> for just this occurance (need to track the source of an oil leak.
> Cheers,
> B.C.
> On Sep 20, 2009, jd <jdood@...> wrote:
> Setting aside my carb fit issue, today's to do list has one thing
> on it - figuring out how about 4 qts of oil ended up in my bilge
> during my last outing! Everything seemed to be going well. Had
> done a 20 min test earlier that day - no probs. Took it out for a
> real run with the GF later that day. At one point the oil light
> started coming on - turned off immediately and poked around back at
> the engine. Oil all over the bilge area. But nothing obvious. A
> small drip from one spot on the valve cover gasket - but really
> small. It looked like just enough on the dipstick to get back with
> so that's what we did later.
> So now a week later the engine and bilge are all cleaned up (2 hr
> messy job). And Im heading off to buy 4-5 qts of oil and go for a
> little test run and see what I can see. I don't get how that
> much oil could come out of the engine and it not be an obvious
> thing. So hopefully with the cowling off I will be able to spot
> it. Jeez - another close call - almost fried my engine.
> So here's my question - just to see if I'm missing something. The
> only places oil could be "leaking" out on the engine would be
> - valve covers
> - oil pan
> - dipstick tube and / or fill tube where it connects to the block
> - seal around base of distributor
> right? am i forgetting somewhere?
> Note to self: A black engine and a black bilge make it very
> difficult to spot oil leaks on a bright sunny day. Hoping to be
> able to paint my engine a lighter color this winter.
> Jeff D
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