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Control arm issues and oil leak

Old 06-26-2014, 01:09 AM
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Default Control arm issues and oil leak

Hi everyone,
Working on a 2001 Volvo S80 for my sister, it seems to be a snake pit of problems.

So far replaced:
$500 seatbelt
2x $30 oil dipsticks
PCV Kit $80
Various interior bits
Timing belt
Water pump blew up
Injector seals
Spark plugs

After doing the timing belt it now has a oil leak which comes from the right hand side (the side with the timing belt).

It leaks about 50mL a day when driving the car, its black oil, clearly not trans fluid.

It seams to drip down from the crank pulley or somewhere in there.

I haven't taken off the timing belt cover again yet to inspect the source.

I also checked and the top of the engine under the plastic spark plug cover is filled with black oil.

I resealed the VVT (or whatever that actuator) thing and still leaking.

I did the PCV system and it was actually not clogged, replaced new box and rubber hose.

Still smoking out of the dipstick, no idea why.

Other problem is, the control arm bushings are stuffed, so I bought new control arms.

Took old ones out no drama however with the unladen suspension I can't get the control arm onto the ball joint socket.

Do I need a spring compressor? I have tried loosening the strut mounts.

Have to do the spring seats anyway, I guess I should buy some spring compressors?

Thanks everyone!

Old 07-07-2014, 12:34 AM
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Yes you do have to compress the strut, for the control arm install. not sure about your oil leak.
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