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Oil Leak

Started by november2022, October 31, 2022, 08:37:45 PM

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My '97 has developed quite the oil leak. I think it's up high on the motor. Shop wants almost $5K to fix. Recommending they pull motor and replace all the gaskets including head gaskets. 104,000 Mi. Anyone have any experience with their LT1 doing the same?
Joe Martin


The bad oil leak on my LT1 Trans Am was a bad water pump drive shaft oil seal . I bought it from a eBay vendor. It came with the LT1 front timing cover gasket set /oil and seal set and used only the water pump drive shaft seal and the Optispark drive shaft seal.

They are easy to remove but tricky to install. I suggest you watch YouTube videos of mechanics doing that work
You can change those timing chain cover oil seals with the motor in the car and up on jack stands and working both from top and bottom but more from the bottom.

Patrick Welke

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