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Oil leak \ cold temperatures

     Greetings from coooolllld Colorado (well for us anyway). 
     Started up the beauty this morning, being the coldest day of winter 
     (-15F) so far , and noticed oil leaking out of what seemed to be the 
     metal housing above the oil filter. Couldn't locate the exact source 
     as I was on my way to the Grindstone.
     The leak did stop about a minute after she fired up (aprox 50ml 
     spilt). I reckon it has something to do with expansion of metals due 
     to extreme cold, 157k on the clock, age of car bla bla bla .....  
     Any comments ?.
     Richard Gann
     1986 4000s 1.8l 157k   Boulder CO