posted on Nov, 17 2006 @ 10:58 AM
Originally posted by semperfortis
1989, Subaru XT6
2.7 Liter "Transverse 6"
Pouring oil from somewhere under the engine.
ok , by the numbers :
step one : get the entire engine bay steam cleaned - from above / below - and in through both wheel arches - i mean properly
with the velcle
on ramps - or axle stands when you do underneath
the engine should be hot when you do this - then it aids drying - also remove any sump guargs or other engibe covers / weatrher sheilds
you want the engine mint .
use some sense with the electronics / ECUs and air intakes etc etc - protect them with plastic bags - do not spray hi pressure get
straigh at the etc etc
once the engine has dried - and you get it started again - be prepared to have to use WD40 or other dewatering agent on the ignition and fuel
injection wiring connectors
now find the leak - with every cover you an remove safely stripped from the engine - just start it up and run it upto temperature sitting over a
pristine section of concrete - and watch the thing like a hawk - you want to be aware of the first
drop of oil that leaves the engine - it so
good 2 hours later when cooling fans have blown it everywahere .
once you have the general location narrowed down - if it is not obvious just what is leaking - you can yuse " leak finder spray" - it is like a
aerosol that deposits a fine white powder coating on the engine - and as soon as oil appears - it obviosly leaves a streak
but the engione needs to be clean and dry .
i have never even seen the car you describe - so cannot make much comment - but i very much doubt your theory about worn crank main bearings - idoes
the engine have an oil pressure guage - or just an idiot light ?
based on the symptoms - i would look at the engine crak case breathers first - are they blocked - do they vent into to the atmosphere or into the
intake manifold ?
but for a more specific diagnosis - more info required
hop this helps .