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Old 11-09-2017, 05:56 PM   #11
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two and 4 wheel toys are expensive. i cringe at the amount of money i have in my yamaha timberwolf. its astronomical. i reached the point to where i was in for a penny, in for a pound. the last time i had to get it worked on, i let it sit for 6 months. then i decided that a 3500 dollar lawn ornament wasnt cutting the cheese.

new parts were crazy high. but it runs like a champ now. and that is the last time i buy a 400 dollar special that "only needed a battery".
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:40 AM   #12
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Back to the oil leak.

Oil leaks seldom move UPWARD. This means the most likely source of the leak is the point ABOVE the highest spot where you can see fresh oil.

I would check the valve cover first. Or...my fave way...is to take the vehicle to the car wash, cover up the distributor with a plastic bag, and blow the holy hell out of the motor until all the oil and gunk is gone. Start up high around the valve cover and work your way right down to the oil pan. Shove a few bucks into that coin machine at the wash. Then start the engine and be prepared with a nice, bright flashlight. Should be able to see the leak then.

Old School Robert also adds: Don't believe anyone who tells you silicone-based gasket sealer is good. It's just easier to use, easier to remove, (practically falls off by itself) and some people think red or blue looks cool on their motor. Baloney.

There's a reason why the old-fashioned brown Permatex is still sold. Because it works and doesn't get softened later. The brown is harder to remove, but if you prep your surfaces properly before you use it, it will probably last longer than you own the truck anyway. Leaks are an absolute pet peeve for me. I won't put up with them. Permatex brown, baby. Hard to wash off your fingers and a bitch to scrape off a mating surface. But using it, leaks get fixed...and STAY fixed. Case closed.

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