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Old 04-19-2012, 10:08 PM
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So I bought a 96 ram last summer. It has 544000kms on it, runs great and it delivers great fuel mileage.
The problem is it leaks engine oil and I can't seem to find exactly where it starts, but it ends up in a puddle in my driveway, and after a good highway drive the tailgate usually has oil freckles on it which I thought might be from the road draft tube.
I've washed the engine down and looked for leaks, checked fasteners and the oil level is usually at the full line on the dipstick, Johnny.
Is there any specific part of the engine (timing cover, oil pan etc) that periodically requires new gaskets or should just I live with it and park it on the front lawn?
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:38 AM
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I would look at the Vacuum pump I have had to replace that sea.l The oil was running down the drivers side front if you look up from the bottom of the truck you will see oil all over the shaft between the vacuum pump & power steering pump you can get the seal kit from Genos Garage.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:19 PM
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Thanks Merf. I will start there.
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