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Old 18-04-13, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Engine oil leak - should I just live with it?

My wife has a 1.4 petrol 207 56reg with 34K miles and there is a very small oil leak from the front of the engine (driver's side near cambelt). I guess that this is the common fault with the gasket that we are familiar with. I have checked the cambelt and it looks clean and the rate of loss is very small. Given that she only drives about 4K miles a year is it worth getting it fixed? ie what happens if I do nothing? It's easy enough to clean the oil from the engine every so often.

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Old 18-04-13, 01:39 PM   #2
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Huge common fault. The worse case scenario is the oil contaminates timing belt and it snaps after a while. The oil runs onto the alternator belt softening it also and that can snap. The choice is entirely up to you.

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Thanks for that feedback, I might just keep it clean with a tissue or two every week. However, is there any evidence that a head gasket failure is likely?
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Old 18-04-13, 01:47 PM   #4
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Its leaking oil so it has failed. A good headgasket won't leak oil or coolant. There is a modified gasket available.

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Old 18-04-13, 02:01 PM   #5
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In the old days (eg morris marina, ford cortina etc) the advice was to tighten the headbolts down a bit more. Those were the days......
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