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Bought my 98 V70 T5 back in May. My indie mech noted that it was in great shape (has just 58k miles on it) and my wife and I have been happy but for one issue with the car. When I park in the carport, there is a small oil spot that appears each day. My indie mech confirmed my fear that it was the RMS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> and prescribed an oil additive that he has had good results with to make the seal expand and stop the leak. Adding this stuff has indeed SLOWED the leak, but not yet eradicated it (2+ months later).<p>Before I'm verbally pelted with mud, I am aware that the catch can probably needs to be emptied and resealed with the FCP Groton kit, but have these questions: <p>1) if I undertake the catch can R&R with the ~$140 kit, do I stand ANY chance of this stopping the slight RMS leak?<p>2) should I also prepare my wife for the budget to take the ~$800 hit to have the RMS replaced as well?<p>To do the catch can R&R myself will require my wife to handle the kids for 2+ hours and naturally her expectations of the repair are likely to be that it will stop the RMS from dropping oil in the carport. My 2-yr. old son walks around it daily, pointing and saying, "Daddy clean up." Might be b/c he once slipped in it and fell... <p>Anyway, as the villain, I need help getting this mess resolved. Any and all advice and tips are welcome, but definitely need above Q's answered. TIA.<p>-Boozer<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by wrbooz at 1:58 PM 8-31-2006</i>
 

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Re: Dreaded rear main seal leak... (wrbooz)

I think your name may be your real personality <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>How do you manage to come up with "2+ hours"?<br>This is a good 6 hour job on a lift, a real dirty PIA job and you<B> still</B> have to clean and/or replace the breather box.<br>I would give that a shot, what do you have to lose?<br>You have to do it anyway<br>(When I bought my 96 R last winter it too needed a RMS at 61K miles, this is just old age and dried out seals)
 

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Re: Dreaded rear main seal leak... (wrbooz)

Send the kids and wife away to some fun event and slot yourself at least 5-6 hours of time to do this yourself unless you want to pay a good indy to do it. I did it last Christmas and it was a "most-of-the-day" job.
 

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Re: Dreaded rear main seal leak... (MadeInJapan)

I did the PCV system on my 850. Took <3 hours, and I did not hurry.<p>No lift was needed, ramps were fine to undo the 2 intake manifold bracket bolts.<p>I left the injectors in the manifold<p>If ordering from FCP, be sure top order a new intake manifold gasket as well<p>
 

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Re: Dreaded rear main seal leak... (RussBert)

...and JRL is confused <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>(he's talking about R&R'ing the PCV system, JRL!)
 

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Re: Dreaded rear main seal leak... (RussBert)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RussBert</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...and JRL is confused <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>(he's talking about R&R'ing the PCV system, JRL!)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>OK more like a 3 hr job
 

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Jim/JRL - I'm the guy who emailed you a bit about buying this car from CA for a pretty penny. Still, I'm happy with it and will keep it a long time.<p>I will first try the PCV R&R and hope the leak abates. I had NO intention of trying the RMS replacement myself! My level of DIY mechanical skill has re****ed in a personal fix- it motto over the years: <B>You won't fix it 'til you bleed.</B> Seems no matter what the project nature (auto, house, yard) I have to scrape my knuckles or cut a finger/toe before the job is done. A rite of passage sort of thing, I guess. Anyway, no RMS repairs for me, thanks.<p>And yes, the last name <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> has been good to me; the sort of name people remember. I was lucky enough to find a woman willing to marry me in spite of it, too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks, all, for the replies. Love the SS feedback.<br>-Boozer
 

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It's been my experience, and the experience of my Volvo Indy Tech, that one a rear main seal leaks in a FWD/AWD Volvo, they never "re-seal" themselves. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>At any rate, it's important to R&R the PCV system before replacing the seal...you would'nt want it to happen again!
 

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That wagon looked like such a nice one you should just bite the bullet and get the RMS done along with a new breather box.<br>You paid a pretty penny for a nice wagon, just do it.<br>(Think you need a new indie, additives are not recommended for Volvo turbo engines)<br>The turbo iself
 
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