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Old 11-26-2003, 02:19 PM
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oil all over the engine

Help! As much as I love my Saydee, I'm ready to light a match to her. Two weeks ago she left me stranded 3 hours away from home in a little town that didn't even have a coffee shop that opened before 11 a.m. Here's what happened: I'd been on the road for about 10 hours already so decided to check the oil. I let the guy at the station do it because I had trouble getting the oil cap off, plus it was about -30 outside. He filled it up and I was on my way but just outside of town the oil light came on. I pulled in to the next town and popped the hood. There was oil all over the engine! I rented a trailer and towed her home because there was no decent mechanics to be found. I left her with my mechanic when I got back. He cleaned the engine and filled the oil, but couldn't find any leaks. He told me to be on my way and call him if anything went wrong. It ran great for 2 weeks but did the exact same thing the other day. Is it possible that I need to replace my oil filler cap? A friend of mine suggested that because the cap was freezing, air was being compressed and eventually causing the oil to blow out wherever it can. Would a heated dipstick solve the problem? I've heard lots of suggestions but no definite solutions and decided it was time to ask the experts. Please Help!!!
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Old 11-26-2003, 04:30 PM
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Its possible that you need a new oil filler cap or dipstick. Do you have the right amout of oil in your engine?
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Old 11-26-2003, 04:58 PM
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The cap is about 5 bucks. You can just get one and eliminate that from the list of possible candidates. The caps do leak when they fail and it can make quite a mess.

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Old 11-27-2003, 01:45 AM
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For reasons untold here, i drove 220 miles of highway/city driving WITHOUT the oil filler cap in place.

Result: A little bit of oil had escaped and was smeared over my cam cover and made the firewall behind the cam cover a bit greasy to look at.. That was all.

So if the oil is all over your engine -and gushing out so fast, i doubt it's all due to a defect filler cap.
But replace the cap in all cases. It is only a few $.

Could it be that your 'oil channels' inside the engine are clogged so the oil can't get back into the oilpan. -And therefore overflows from the cam cover?

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