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Oil leak from timing belt cover?

I've had the car for about 5 months now, and I was finally able to get it on someone's lift to check everything out. The guy who owned the car before me replaced the timing belt and I think whoever did it, did a huge slop job. Where the metal meets the cover was just covered in a dirt + oil mix. How would I go about fixing that because how much sludge there was on there was kind of scary.
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

Are you talking about the valve cover? they probbly just neglected to swap out the valve cover gasket, its an easy job and like 20 bucks
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

Yeah, it seemed pretty obvious, but i wanted to double check before I i take the cover off.
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

lil more specific? there's alotta seals that SHOULD be changed when doing the timing belt, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were. and all these seals reside under two covers; the upper timing belt cover is between the valve cover and the motor mount.
and the lower timing cover is under the mount and covers the entire bottom side of the engine.

is the leak on the top, front, bottom, back of the motor??
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

Jeesh, I wish I had a my camera. Its to the left of the oil filter and above the CV boot on the driver side. Its right next to the belt.

It seems like everything this guy replaced (he worked at a dealership so he did all his own work) did a absolute half ass job. Not to rag on him haha but I'm 18 and I could have done a better job.
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

Well if the leak is originating from the top, there's the valve cover gasket and the 4 spark plug cylinder gaskets.. If the guy was a doosh and took the balancer shaft off thinking it was the water pump, and didn't replace that seal, there could be some oil leaking from that if he damaged the dowel pins..
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Re: Oil leak from timing belt cover?

if the oil is coming from around the crank pulley part of the timing cover its more than likely your front main seal or a balance shaft seal could be leaking as well.
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