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<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Today I've noticed a small puddle of oil in my garage. I've opened the hood and the leak is on the passenger side of the engine - I took off the plastic belt cover and there is oil in that area so the leak is located somewhere in there but I can't see to much. <br>Anybody has any idea what could it be? Can this be related to the PCV valve failure?<p>Thanks
 

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Re: engine oil leak :( (volvoluv)

Probably PCV related. Check out the pics in this thread:<br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=79944&page=1" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/z...age=1</A>
 

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PCV is 95% percent of the issues with these cars. Volvo still has yet to figure out the solution to these. is your car making a howling noise. I quick check is to lift up on the oil dip stick and see if the noise goes away. If so you need to replaced the pcv system. Volvo has extended the warranty on these systems because of the problems. stop by your local dealership and see if your applies.
 

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Re: engine oil leak :( (volvoluv)

If you have oil inside the timing cover i would check the oil pump seal and even possibly leaking cam seals. PCV malfunction doesnt usually cause an oil leak unless its clogged or has leaking seals. Thats more common with S80/V70/S60 engines.
 

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thanks everybody for the replays<p>No howling sound. When I pull out the oil dipstick the engine gets noisier...and there is vacuum on the dipstick tube when I put my finger on it. Is this normal?
 

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yes vacuum on the dipstick is normal. I work at the volvo dealership and I have yet to see the s40/v50 models have oil pump seals or cam seals leak. not saying that itsnotpossible though. you could also have the turbo return tube seal leaking if you have oil around that area
 

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Just did a cam seal leak about three weeks ago with a oil pump reseal while i was in there... sucked ass. Setting up the VVT units is gay to say the least.
 

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hahaha. Yeah they can be a pain. you get used to them after a while though.
 

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Re: (mcevoya)

It wasnt the rear locking tool either it was the fact that you can spin the VVT on cam like its a dang wheel of fortune lol. It trips me out haha.
 

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thanks everyone for your input.<p>I took the car to the dealer on Monday. Yesterday the finally figured it out its the seals on the intake and exhaust camshafts that is leaking and they told me the cost to fix it is it about $1450: seals, timing belt and tensioner (timing belt was soaked in oil) plus 10 hr worth of work. They still needed to keep it for some tests until tomorrow. <br>Does cost seams right, because to me it is really high.<br>I'll post detailed info when I get the car tomorrow<p>
 

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The dealership usually charges pretty outrageous hourly labor (70 and up to 110) which is where most of the cost for you will come into play. Seals, timing belt and tensioner shouldn't be that much. I'd say that sounds like a typical quote from a dealership.
 

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Its more work than you think to do cam seals.... this isnt just your standard timing belt job where you pop off the cam gears real quick and throw in some cam seals lol. Setting up the rear locking tool and removing the VVT can be a hassle, including the time to reset the VVT so that its in the proper position.<p>Our shop rate is 95$ and hour, i wouldnt say that its outrageous considering the specialty shop down the road is charging 80$. Besides the fact that we have the volvo tools to do it right for that matter.<p>Not trying to argue here but for the most part the dealership isnt out to try and screw their customers. If you take your car to a dealer for service and something like this comes up we (speaking from first hand experience) usually cut the customer a break on labor for such a large job. Also have to keep in mind it costs much more to keep a dealer up and running than back yard joe doing t-belts in his garage <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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