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Re: V8 Oil Leak

Douglas Glanz wrote:
> Hey q-listers:
> I have been having a problem with an oil leak on my V8.  I have
> correlated it to two conditions...either when driving it hard at high
> speeds or for extended periods at >75 mph.  After either one of these
> when I stop, I can see (and smell) oil smoke burning off of the
> outside of the exhaust, not from the headers...under the car.
> I got under and checked the oil pressure switch since it may leak
> under higher oil pressure, and it was dry.  I did see a drip from the
> driver's side of the transaxle at the axle seal, and the exhaust where
> it merges at the O2 sensor had a little oil on it.  Would the seal
> leak more at higher speeds?  Is this a common failure on the V8?
> I also noticed some engine oil on the a/c compressor.  Is there
> something above it that can be leaking?  Space is tight and it is a
> little hard to see.
> If anyone else has a similar experience, I would be interested in
> knowing your experience.
> Thanks everyone in advance for your help!
> ==
> Best Regards,
> Douglas P. Glanz (dglanz@yahoo.com)
> 90 V8 Quattro, 129K
> 87 Alfa Milano Platinum, 67K (don't flame me if you haven't driven one)
> 83 Alfa Spider Veloce, 108K
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My V8 had the same leak.Under the plastic engine cover there is a rubber
breather hose that connects the heads.The hose dry-rotted allowing oil
to run down the top of the valve covers and down the back of the engine.