You know there is a small but noticeable leak wherever I park the car.
Well at high RPM the car can stink of oil. I've pretty much tracked it down to the top of the engine on the right hand side, cam pulley side. I was told there is a rubber ring/gasket thing there somewhere which might have perished. Apparently it is unlikely that a crank shaft is suspect?
Does the fact that the smell becomes more noticeable when I drive the car hard make anything obvious spring to mind? I know it's coming onto the manifold area at some point and it's not the sump gasket, like I said it seems to be higher up but it's so hard to tell, even after cleaning it all up.
it might be the camshaft oil seals or the crankshaft oil seal but if it comming from high up i doubt its the crankshaft one, if it is one of the seals its a right bugger of a job as the cam bet has to come off along with the cam pulley wheel and i think the backplate might nave to come too, im not sure though, oh and there not cheap either if you get them form vx as i found out, cam and crank oil seals came to £32 for three bits of rubber
i had the same problem, oil down one side of the engine and it took me ages to find it, and the reason it smells of oil, erm pass
Cheers Jamie, that's pretty much what I am thinking, the smell comes from it filtering onto to something hot, I'm guessing manifold since only a couple of small'ish patches of oil make it to the ground, the rest burns off on the way.
I've replaced so many oil carrying/blocking bits so I reckon camshaft is the culprit. Thing is I'll have to take it apart to find out and if that's the case, I may as well do it anyways!
i know exactly what ur problem is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i know of 6 mk2 astras with the same problem, seems a bit unbelieveable aswell,
its ur crankshaft sensor thats why it leaks more when the engine is at high rpm as the crank is throwing oil around..anyway what u need to do is replace the small o-ring found inside the hole where crank sensor goes in and/or use a plastic washer on the between the block and sensor
i used to have the same problem and id put my foot down and come to a stop and the oil would go straight onto the manifold leaving the bonnet smoking for ages
Nothing bout a Mk2 surprises me mate, ta for the info, just not sure if I am going to take immediate action or wait for the car to fail on me at some very inconvenient time (not that there is a convenient time).
You mean like when I am leaving some sort of RR event and after seeing plumes of black smoke pouring from the rear of my car and a suicidal oil gauge I park up and see litres of crude running under my car?
The engine on my Vectra seized last Friday night - it's still at my VX dealer having a completely new engine fitted.
Apparently this was due to lack of oil. I had noticed a small leak but the VX dealer, after 2 services and inspections, couldn't pinpoint it. Engine seized because the pipe that picks up oil from the sump to take it to the oil pump was blocked with carbon deposits as the engine was badly worn.
mine used to be like that, when you take the oil fiter off theres a big threaded section that also holds the cooler sandwhich plate on, theres a nut there too, i just nipped that up a bit seemed to do the trick. my sumps is actually clean and dry, its a revelation.