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Old 03-09-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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slow oil leak on passenger side of the engine

it's not the valvecover, but i torqued the nuts anyhow (they were tight). the best i can figure out it's coming out somewhere below the accessory belt tensioner, near the bolt mounting it to the engine. the oil goes down on the alternator and bottom of the engine. i don't know how long it was a problem as i purchased it 2 months ago. had to add 0.5 qt oil in 2,800 miles to bring it to full again.

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edit: 2014 SE 5spd with 122,000 miles

edit 2: I did some searches here and looks like timing chain cover leaks are common in MK3 and this could be it indeed. quite expensive to fix too. any chemical fixes? would high mileage oil like maxlife help some (supposedly they swell seals)?



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You could re-torque the bolts on the timing cover. I had a minor leak and that mostly stopped mine.
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You could re-torque the bolts on the timing cover. I had a minor leak and that mostly stopped mine.
thanks! did you retorque by the feel or is there a specific number?
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Torque : Tighten bolts 1 through 17 to 10 Nm
Torque : Tighten bolts 19 through 21 to 48 Nm
Torque : Tighten bolt 22 to 25 Nm
Torque : Tighten bolt 18 to 48 Nm
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thank you both. i tried to retorque as many as i could reach, but could not reach them all.
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Well I've had my focus for almost 4 years now and I still have the leak your asking about. I did the re-torque and it only lasted about a year then it started to leak again so I've been running 10w 30 in my focus for awhile now and my leaks slowed down a lot. I refused to pay the insane price to have the timing cover re-sealed. November of next year I'm getting rid of my focus. I'll have it paid off a year early.
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Timing covers are generally just there to keep dust out. If you have oil leaking into that area and you get the cover sealed up such that it doesn't come out any more, that means it is building up in that area and you are just covering up what could be a serious issue. Kind of like turning up your radio to drown out a klunking noise coming from the engine.
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Timing covers are generally just there to keep dust out. If you have oil leaking into that area and you get the cover sealed up such that it doesn't come out any more, that means it is building up in that area and you are just covering up what could be a serious issue. Kind of like turning up your radio to drown out a klunking noise coming from the engine.
I think the 'Valve' and 'Timing' covers got confused in this post, right?
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I think the 'Valve' and 'Timing' covers got confused in this post, right?
i think he confused timing chain with timing belt.
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