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Q: Distributor leaks oil

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The distributor is leaking oil

A: Hi. When the distributor leaks oil on your ...

Hi. When the distributor leaks oil on your engine it can be caused by two reasons. In order to know which one, the location of the oil leak will need to be known. If the oil is getting inside of the distributor cap, then the shaft seal is bad and the distributor will need to be replaced. If the oil is leaking where the distributor enters the engine then the distributor seal will need to be replaced. This would require that the distributor be removed and the seal replaced. It is important that the distributor be reinstalled correctly to prevent any engine damage. If this is something that you did not want to attempt yourself, consider using YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to repair it.

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