Persistent oil leak

iain.atkinson at iain.atkinson at
Mon Jul 10 09:07:30 EDT 2006

Long time ago i did a 3 belt changes on these engines, there is one bolt (only one) that goes into an oil gallery, but i can't remember for the life of me which one now.

> From: "Matt Suffern" <msuffern at>
> Date: 2006/07/10 Mon PM 02:01:56 BST
> To: "Frederick Smith" <smitty at>
> CC: quattro at
> Subject: Re: Persistent oil leak
> Frederick,
> In my experience there are two bolts that secure the lower timing belt
> cover, one to the right and one to the left of the crank pulley.  Is there a
> third one?
> What do you mean when you say there are "front and rear" lower timing belt
> cover halves?  For the top of the timing belt there is a cover and a back
> plate, but the lower timing belt cover, in my experience, is just a metal
> cover for the lower portion of the timing belt.
> Am I missing something?  I would be very happy if it were just a loose bolt.
> Thanks again,
> Matt
> '86 4kq
> On 7/10/06, Frederick Smith <smitty at> wrote:
> >
> > On the lower right side of the motor, to the left of the crank pulley,
> > there are bolts that secure the lower timing cover. SInce the cover has
> > to be removed to replace the t-belt, or crank seal, the bolts are very
> > often the source of heavy oil leaks if they are not re-installed
> > properly. (not tightened or lenghts mixed up)
> >
> > These leaks are pretty common, the bolts that secure the lower cover
> > cover halves (front and rear) would be my first place to check fo the
> > leak.
> >
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