• Tiny
  • yelper
  • 1989 Mazda 323
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • manual
  • 24,500 miles

Oil just recently began leaking (significantly) when the engine is running. It appears to be coming from behind the timing-belt pulley. My question is, in your opinion, is it worth the cost (primarily labor) to replace this oil seal on a 1989 engine with 245,000 miles? Because the car is in otherwise great shape, I would consider having a rebuilt engine installed given that all other parts on this engine have this same mileage and age; however, a rebuilt engine may be more than I can afford, too. Despite its age and mileage this 1-owner car does not burn oil, and it has been well maintained.

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011 AT 12:15 AM

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  • Tiny
  • Jacobandnickolas
  • Expert
  • 68,409 posts

If it runs good and is in good condition, I would repair the leak. Why replace the engine if it is still running good?

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 AT 10:14 PM

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