Oil pressure?

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Tue Jan 22 20:53:23 PST 2008

On Jan 22, 2008, at 11:37 PM, Matthew Barrett wrote:

> Good to know what's normal behavior for the gauge and what isn't.  
> Gives me another weekend project. As far as the power steering fluid  
> goes, its full of Pentosin CHF11s. That's one thing Derek made sure  
> to mention when I purchased the car.

For some alternatives, see http://www.audifans.com/kb/Pentosin

> As far as oil consumption, I will probably investigate Derek's idea  
> about the stem seals/valve guides further, but as I have been  
> looking around in the engine compartment I noticed a coating of oil  
> on the bottom of the distributor

Check the crankcase breather system- if the crankcase becomes  
pressurized, this reportedly can cause oil to blow out through the  
distributor.  The hose could be collapsed, for example- they degrade  
with age and eventually turn to a squishy mess that folds in on  
itself. There's also a copper squiggle flash arrestor, and two valves  
(one is by the passenger side corner of the head- a 90 degree plastic  
jobbie with a flat-top head.)

Once you figure out what's causing it, take off the cap and degrease  
it and the rotor.


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