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Old 02-16-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Valve cover oil leak

Has anyone else noticed an oil leak around the valve cover? I had the hood up yesterday because someone wanted to see the engine and I noticed oil leaking around the valve cover.

I also need to mention that I love this car. I have absolutely no other issues whatsoever with it. Every vehicle that I have owned or currently owned has had a leaky valve cover gasket so I'm not worried, just surprised that it happened at 11k miles instead of 30k or so like my 09 Corolla.


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Old 02-16-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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I think there have been a couple reports of oil leaks here, but not many. Looking at your mileage you should have ahead an oil change or two. Any chance what you're seeing is a bit of fresh oil that spilled? You could clean it up and see if it returns before taking it to the dealer.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Good to know. I figured there had to be other people that have had it happen too.

I've had one oil change done and almost time for the second one. I thought spilled oil at first but there is no way. It's all around the entire valve cover but none on top of it.

I guess I'll just mention it to the dealer when I schedule the next oil change and see if they can fix it. I'm assuming that would be covered under warranty. It's not that it hurts anything. It just sucks to see oil on an engine less than a year old.

Also, there is a little fluid around a gasket on my rack and pinion. It's been like that since about 4k miles. I might need to bring that up too while they are at it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Like suggested earlier, clean it off now and see if it returns, because that is exactly what the dealer is going to do.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
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Not uncommon and very easy to pinch a valve cover gasket, even from the factory. Usually a pretty easy fix, and should most definitely be covered under warranty. Let the service department do their job.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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Been there done that ....... another Ford Quality is Job 2.........and 2 I mean the stuff that drops in the toilet!
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i will be going in for gasket # 2 , i don't know what to say ......
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Eh. Funnels are a wonderful thing, and when one is not available- I have cut the bottom out of an old plastic quart oil bottle up to use as a funnel.

Oil can be funny sometimes, a dribble down the side of a valve cover might disappear, but then the oil might spread out around the front of the cover making it look like a leak. One thing is for sure, if it is a VC leak, then it won't be long before the oil shows up on the bottom of the block and in your driveway.

Then there's seepage. With your mileage, you shouldn't be seeing that. I'd not be shocked if it looked like oil residue at 50k, but not under 10k.

I'd get it taken in, or re-torque the VC yourself from the center to the outside in an X pattern. That won't void any warranties, and it will certainly be faster.
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I highly doubt its just spillage, dont mind the road grime, but my valve cover has been leaking for while and ive cleaned it up a few times. Think i need to take mine in.





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Am I missing something in those pictures? I don't see any moisture, all I see is dirt build-up, which is inevitable.
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