2001 Oldsmobile Alero oil leak

Tiny
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  • 2001 OLDSMOBILE ALERO
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 158,675 MILES
Have an oil leak on top side front and back of cam tower. How do I repair this.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:05 AM

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Tiny
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IIs it the valve cover that's leaking?
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:13 AM
Tiny
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I am not really sure. From what I can determine, its what someone called a "cam tower gasket"? Never heard of this, but its not the valve cover gasket. Its the gaskets on either side of my spark plugs, under the cam tower cover.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:30 AM
Tiny
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I believe they are referring to #6 on the attached pic.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:40 AM
Tiny
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Is that the head gasket? I am wondering if it might be the seall.#1. Thats the area that appears to be leaking. I am having oil bubble up through the open holes between the head bolts. Cant tell where the backside leak is. Also, my dipstick "hissed" when I removed it once. I am not having any sort of coolant leaks, and no coolant in the oil. Just this strange upper leak.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:47 AM
Tiny
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It doesn't deal with the head gasket, but rather is mounted to the head. There is a gasket between it. I believe that is what they are saying leaks.

As far as the hissing sound, that is most likely the result of a bad (CHEAP) PCV valve.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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I dont have a pcv valve. I have a oil/air seperator. I really really HATE this motor
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 11:56 AM
Tiny
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LOL actually, there weren't too bad. AS far as the cam tower gasket being replaced, it is going to require to be somewhat involved.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 12:00 PM
Tiny
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I just read my last post to you and can't believe I wrote it. It should say:

LOL. Actually, THEY weren't too bad. As far as the cam tower gasket being replaced, it is going to be somewhat involved.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 12:02 PM
Tiny
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Its a strong motor. I just dont like the design or trying to work on it
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 12:12 PM
Tiny
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I cant seem to find the seals and gaskets I need without having to buy a head gasket kit. I dont need the whole thing.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2015 AT 12:14 PM
Tiny
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I see what you mean. Have you tried a dealer?
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Monday, March 2nd, 2015 AT 8:39 AM

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