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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Starter covered with oil.

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.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 10:25 AM
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Dip stick tube grommet? it is right at the starter.
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Thank you, gents. Valve cover and dipstick are my primary suspects. Will check them out.

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if it is the dip stick tube, clean the area and use some RTV. Permatex Black Ultra

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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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GM 12551633 is the 1994 LT1 dipstick tube part number and the description says including seal
I used an o-ring from ACE Hardware.

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

Replacement of gaskets is needed.

OEM or Felpro.
Thanks!

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