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Old 05-05-2003, 03:28 PM
Dave Hutcheson
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Pesky under dash oil leak

'85 300D 233K miles.

Hi folks.

Oil leaking down on carpet by lower drivers side heat vent - on center consule. Pulled under dash pannel and, yow! under-
layment saturated in black oil. Cleaned everything up and let the car idle for approx. half and hour. Oil pressure line tight and dry. Oil appears to have been leaking below key switch but nothing coming out during my inspection. Vacuum fittings on key switch like new - not bloated or disconnected.

Door locks work, trans shifts fine and engine shuts off like it should.

Threads indicate that it's time to replace/rebuild shut-off valve which is fine but I'm stymied as to why I couldn't find any source for what appears to be a substantial leak. I've owned the car for two years.

Help, please!

Thanks!!
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