I have been battling an oil leak for several years.
A few weeks ago, I got a new valve cover gasket – the correct one for an alloy cover – and installed it.
Since then, no change in level on the dip stick.
Tonight I drove for a test and then to Lorain County British Car Club:
o no oil on driveway
o no oil under car at Lorain County British car club…
If the oil has been leaking out of that cover, I have not seen it – perhaps a spray?
It was a good meeting:
N.B.: since the oil would accumulate on the sump guard, it would drain off after a stop.
Not much time left here in our driving season.
I replaced the gasket on the value cover with the correct one, and test drove – fine.
On Friday, fellow FHS 1960 graduate Mike Weldon was intown for our 55th reunion. Among other things, I took him for a ride in Mini – he approved.
In the evening, I took Mini to our cocktail party at Damons, and
and to neighbor Chuck Linicks,
The new valve cover gaskets and upper gaskets arrived. I am going to install the latter, and see if they help, so, I decided to give Mini an update and a test run.
o I adjusted the brakes
o removed the grille and verified their are no leaks around oil filter
o replaced the grommets under the valve cover hold downs.
Went for run
o ran fine, after warmed up
o brakes worked well
When I pulled into the garage, I went to open the bonnet to check for oil, but I did not have to: it was leaking out.
When I opened it up, I observed that the valve cover gasket was askew. (see photo below)
When I removed the hold downs, I may have moved the cover and disturbed it.
At any rate:
o I shall remove cover
o clean surfaces
o replace with new gasket, glued to the cover
o add oil
o and retest
(N.B.: I don’t think that Melissa from California closets was the cause…)