1994 Chevy Camaro Whats the easiest way to find an oil leak

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1994 Chevy Camaro V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 158XXX miles

Hello my 94 camaro z28 is leaking. Even with fresh oil the oil that leaks onto the ground is black. So would it be a leak from the upper part of the engine? What are places common places the LT1 Engine would leak oil from? Thanks
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 5:38 AM

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Valve cover gaskets or oil pressure switch are common failures. Clean engine add some dye run it. Check with blacklight oil will glow yellow/green
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 10:57 AM
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Alright thanks Do I have to change the oil with the dye in it? Or leave until next oil change?
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 8:02 PM
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I agree with the doc. Oil pressure switch is real common and you can just add the dye to the oil, you dont need to change it.
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 8:04 PM
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Alright my oil leak is coming from the front of my engine. So I took off the water pump and its not coming from the water pump seal and I took of the optispark (distributor) and the opti seal has no oil coming out of it. Below the distributor cap and is a bunch of sludge built up. Could it be my timing cover seal? Or the oil pan gasket?
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 6:24 AM
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Most likely the crank seal in timming cover. Any oil on front of oil pan and backside of harmonic balancer?
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 10:55 AM
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The balancer is dry. I was wondering if below the timing cover is the oil pan? How do I remove the oil pan? Whats in the way? Thanks
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Friday, October 24th, 2008 AT 3:31 AM
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If the oil pan is dry except for around front. Pull T-cover then loosen oil pan bolts toward the back until front drops a bit. Replace crank seal and front pan seal. If you need pan removed click on site at bottom of reply.
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Saturday, October 25th, 2008 AT 10:59 AM
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Thanks! I got the new gasket in. And im beginning to reinstall everything now. Can you please tell me how the harmonic balancer goes back on? Thanks!
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 AT 6:00 AM
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It has a keyway. Halfmoon key fits into grove on crank. Torque bolt to 175 ft. Lbs.
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 AT 9:10 AM
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Alright is the mark on the hub that hole it gots? or is it on the outer edge? So to line up this mark im supposed to have the number 1 cylinder at tdc? thanks!


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/49557_110508_0134_1.jpg

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 AT 3:49 AM
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There is a slot cut in balancer mount in you hand. When you had cover off remember see a raised metal strip that the crank gear sliped on? The piece that stuck out thats what you align to slot.
Torque 60-75 ft. Lbs miss typed
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 AT 12:42 PM
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Hey theres no key mark or dent.. I was told the LT1 engine has a press fit crank hub and not keyed. Also the balancing is done on the flywheel/flexplate.


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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 AT 7:02 AM
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Got it your production date must be late in 94 that's when chenge made. Place engine at TDC cyl 1 then install balance with arrow at 12o'clock position.
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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 AT 8:39 AM
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Alright thanks. Can you give me some tips on how this hub will go on? I thot it would just slide right in but it wont. I dont want to hammer it on? What do you think I should do? Thanks
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Friday, November 7th, 2008 AT 6:26 AM
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Harmonic balancer bolts to hub. Line hub up tap with dead blow or rubber mallet until you can thread vbolt then tighten. It will draw hub on.
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Sunday, November 9th, 2008 AT 11:59 AM

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