I bought the car with 255,000km only 5 months back. Driven it for only 5000km. Timing belt was changed by previous owner at 250000km(not sure if any of the oil seals were changed then).
Few weeks after buying the car, I found a oil leak at the base of oil filter which was dripping oil. I continued to use the car for 5 months by topping up oil every 2-3 weeks. Often car was running at medium to low oil level. I fixed that as a DIY job by replacing the O-ring and gasket under the oil filter only 2 weeks back.
However, I noticed that the oil seal/seals on the cam/crank end are also leaking. This, I believe is a bigger job and probably not a DIY item. What concerns me is that would there be some other problem with the engine that is causing all these oil seals to fail one by one. Like overheating of the engine that causes disintegration of the rubber seals? If that is the case, merely replacing seals is not a good idea. The engine appears to heat up if I drive a short distance. Like 5-7 kms, but heat sensor is only about 50%. Pls advise. The car still runs smooth and is very reliable, starts first time every time. So theres no obvious symptom of a engine problem. The car is not worth much at this age, so I dont intend to spend $400-500 in getting all that fixed.
Thursday, June 21st, 2012 AT 12:50 AM