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Oil Leak - Help!

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by Harribo, Aug 27, 2021.

  1. Harribo

    Harribo Active Member

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    Hi All,

    Seem to have developed a fairly substantial oil leak over the last week or so....

    It's booked in to the local garage on Monday so they can have a look to see if they can fix it, just wondering if any of the guru's on here might Oil 1.jpg Oil 2.jpg Oil 3.jpg have an idea in case it's anything too sinister?

    Seems to be worst when the engine is running and just after turning it off if that helps...

    Cheers!
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    I would say its from the oil cooler connects to the engine. The oil filter screws onto the oil cooler. Common place to leak & fairly easily fixed. Make sure you fit the correct O ring otherwise you will be revisiting it again real soon.
     
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  3. Harribo

    Harribo Active Member

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    Thanks Phil, it's booked in on Monday with the Mechanic as it's got progressively worse over the last couple of days...
     
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  4. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Replace the two small hoses while you are at it. These hoses are the most failed hoses and they are not easy to change roadside. Make sure he uses the correct VW O-ring.

    He is a VW mechanic?
     
  5. Harribo

    Harribo Active Member

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    He’s an old school mechanic who works on classic cars as well as modern ones. Always a Kombi or two around his shop along with a few triumphs
     
  6. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    T3s are a little bit specialised. Mainly for buying parts.
     
  7. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    If he works on Triumphs then he knows all about oil leaks. :)
     
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    syncro Well-Known Member

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    and water leaks and electrical problems.
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    and general body problems

    That said....... damn that poxy underpowered rubbish V8 in the Stag sounded sweet
     
  10. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Most of them were silent. Just the sound of boiling water.

     
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    Wattie Well-Known Member

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  13. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I worked in the Cheltenham factory (Melbourne) in the early sixties modifying magnetos and other company products for use in Vietnam, it all seemed good at the time
    but history would show otherwise. :(


    Now they modify or manufacture products in Vietnam for use in Melbourne. How times have changed.:(

    I've been watching a WW2 documentary called "War Factories". It was said that the country that can keep up the manufacturing supply wins the war. Australia's stuffed then.
     
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  14. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would add the oil pressure sender is in a similar location to the oil cooler and can look like the other issue. They fail messily too. Much easier fix.

    Adrian
     
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  15. Harribo

    Harribo Active Member

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    Turned out to be the oil pressure switch which probably explains why it was only dripping when running…
     
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  16. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Adrian wins the cigar !
    Nice, easy fix…..gotta be happy with that.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  17. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Yes but I've never seen one leak that much.
     
  18. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have twice, and the reason I suggested it. Worst one was on a type 1 and we thought the engine was toast. Was pouring oil into every time we stopped. When they go big it it makes you start wondering where it is coming from as well as it gets blown about a bit and can appear to be anywhere but where it is coming from.

    I might add I am in a similar (as in the design of the switch is similar) position with a supplier atm as I bought 4 brake switches (3 pin) and 3 of them leaked from new around the plastic where the pins are mounted. Still waiting on a replacement set from hopefully a different maufacturer.

    Adrian
     
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