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Yesterday I took a good look at my 95 SL, I found there is leaking from somewhere top to the engine oil pan. the whole A/C compressor is covered by oil and the whole engine oil pan is covered by oil, it's very wet but not dripping. Also, get some oil marks on the Cam case and around the engine oil cap, so where does this leaking possibly come from?

The top part of the engine bay is fairly clean, with no signs about valve cover gasket leaking or rear cam seal leaking.

 

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Looks to be many leaks gonna have to track them all down and check them... sending unit for oil filter / oil fill cap gasket / camshaft seals / front main maybe water pump timing belt job
The rubber on the oil cap can get hard and brittle and leak or the metal clip can bend and cause it to not sea as tightly. Most likely your cause for the leak.
Thanks, I think I need to make a choice about what should do first between a timing belt and front suspension (steering rack and control arm bushing), if you were me what will you do firstly?
 

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I would pull the 2 timing belt covers off and get a good look at cam shaft seals and if ya can pull harmonic balancer off getting a good look at all the seals preferably putting your timing top dead center before pulling your timing belt off... if you decide to do the work needed ... if it was mine would go ahead and nip it all in the butt... valve cover gaskets cam caps and seals taking off oil filter housing new gasket going back with new everything timing belt kit... water pump idler / tensioner O rings front and back for pipe that runs thru valley of the block to coolant fill cap side (thermostat housing)....
 

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I would pull the 2 timing belt covers off and get a good look at cam shaft seals and if ya can pull harmonic balancer off getting a good look at all the seals preferably putting your timing top dead center before pulling your timing belt off... if you decide to do the work needed ... if it was mine would go ahead and nip it all in the butt... valve cover gaskets cam caps and seals taking off oil filter housing new gasket going back with new everything timing belt kit... water pump idler / tensioner O rings front and back for pipe that runs thru valley of the block to coolant fill cap side (thermostat housing)....
Sounds like you would choose a timing belt firstly, I am thinking the same thing, particularly I don't really need to drive this car currently, I buy this as a project car, have some other cars for daily drive. Thanks!
 

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Might be hard getting a hold of the rear part of water pump seen a good amount of water pump kits that just come with the front only... the flush mount screws have a tendency of being over torqued and destroys the threads in rear impeller housing just FYi
 

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Sounds like you would choose a timing belt firstly, I am thinking the same thing, particularly I don't really need to drive this car currently, I buy this as a project car, have some other cars for daily drive. Thanks!
If you have time to let her sit, I'd ensure tge timing stuff gets done as close to driving as possible. You'd hate to do the timing, let her sit, and have to redo the timing in a few thousand miles cuz it sat for a few years. Not that I'd know anything about that.

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Might be hard getting a hold of the rear part of water pump seen a good amount of water pump kits that just come with the front only... the flush mount screws have a tendency of being over torqued and destroys the threads in rear impeller housing just FYi
If I just buy an OEM water pump would it come with the back part?
 

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If you have time to let her sit, I'd ensure tge timing stuff gets done as close to driving as possible. You'd hate to do the timing, let her sit, and have to redo the timing in a few thousand miles cuz it sat for a few years. Not that I'd know anything about that.

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Thanks, I think I will drive it casually. would sit it for two months after the timing belt change sounds ok? (I need that time to do the front suspension )
 

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Thanks, I think I will drive it casually. would sit it for two months after the timing belt change sounds ok? (I need that time to do the front suspension )
Months is fine. My parts sat for years in non climate controlled storage then installed on the car for a couple years before driving her again.

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I am so sorry, what is "master rebuild gasket"? or to say gasket for what?
Gaskets for everything. Water pump, oil pump, cam seals, etc. Basically, every gasket that would get replaced when rebuilding the engine. I think.

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Gaskets for everything. Water pump, oil pump, cam seals, etc. Basically, every gasket would get replaced when rebuilding the engine. I think.

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It sounds a little scary to me...I will do timing belt, pulleys, water pump, oil pump, cam seals, sump firstly. I am always confused about cam seal replacment, if you take off the Cam gear, how you know if you messed the timing or not when put it back? is it possible to mess the timing during removal or install the cam seal?
 

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It sounds a little scary to me...I will do timing belt, pulleys, water pump, oil pump, cam seals, sump firstly. I am always confused about cam seal replacment, if you take off the Cam gear, how you know if you messed the timing or not when put it back? is it possible to mess the timing during removal or install the cam seal?
With any of that, I'd look into doing the whole timing mess at the same time. It'd be a good thing to familiarize yourself with the jobs for it in the factory service manual.

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It sounds a little scary to me...I will do timing belt, pulleys, water pump, oil pump, cam seals, sump firstly. I am always confused about cam seal replacment, if you take off the Cam gear, how you know if you messed the timing or not when put it back? is it possible to mess the timing during removal or install the cam seal?
As long as you set your timing top dead center first before you even think bout pulling timing belt off ..... but for the cam gears there are roll pins to line up just like your crank gears.... just dont mix up your cam gears regardless... keep everything organized....always organized !!
 

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As long as you set your timing top dead center first before you even think bout pulling timing belt off ..... but for the cam gears there are roll pins to line up just like your crank gears.... just dont mix up your cam gears regardless... keep everything organized....always organized !!
By "set your timing top dead center" you mean makings sure all four cam timing marks match the mark on the engine right?
 
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