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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.

Nab
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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Are leaky transmission cooling lines known to spray over the starter? I do recall the fluid dripping from starter mounting bolt looked too clean for motor oil. It was most likely ATF. I checked the ATF level and condition today. All is good. The lines could spray under higher RPMs, at highway speeds, I guess. No fluids on the ground.
 

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Are the transmission lines rusty in that area? Did you replace the rocker cover gaskets? The rear of the intake manifold is still a candidate for leaking oil.
 

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I just checked my transmission lines. All look good and I do not think they leak. You are right, the rear of the engine is the suspect.
 

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Mine let go when the car was only 11. You're likely way overdue. At the risk of some overused pics here's what to expect once you're inside. I was impressed by all the debris that made it past the filter. And no better time to solvent deep clean the slime soot from inside the intake. Standing inside at the front beats hell out of trying to R&R from over a fender.

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Ouch! The records show the intake manifold gasket was replaced by the previous owner of my Fleetwood some 11 years ago.
 

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Perfect timing then. hahaha

Most errone recommends felpro print-o-seal and just snugging everything and waiting overnight for rtv to cure (I like blue) before cinching down.
 
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