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Recently noticed my starter was covered with oil. No oil on the ground. Any known engine leaks in that area?
 

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Highest-lowest probability = Intake china wall. Valve cover. Breather tube grommet. Oil fill tube grommet. Main seal.

Make sure it ain't tranny fluid?
 

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Thank you, gents. Valve cover and dipstick are my primary suspects. Will check them out.
 

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Thank you, gents. Valve cover and dipstick are my primary suspects. Will check them out.

There's no grommet on the dipstick and unlikely to leak even if no silicone was used.
Valve cover is most likely.

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There's no grommet on the dipstick and unlikely to leak even if no silicone was used.
Valve cover is most likely.

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The dipstick tube was bent a bit when I was trying to approach an oxygen sensor from the top last year, but the area looks dry. The both valve covers are covered with oil and do leak from the seals. Will torque them up a bit and hope
it does not screw up the starter. The starter and especially the solenoid are covered with oil badly. Just another headache for me as if if the brake and charging systems were not enough! )))
 

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Tightening up the valve covers will do more harm than good.

Replacement of gaskets is needed.

OEM or Felpro.
 
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