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Old 09-09-2016, 15:36   #16
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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

What about Land Rover Discovery 1 doesn't leak oil
He is marking his way.
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Old 09-09-2016, 16:09   #17
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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

Someone just posted on the moody owners forum about changing the rear seal and sump seals on the T80. You should check it out.

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Old 09-09-2016, 16:50   #18
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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

It is OK to run but should you run out of oil, you will kill the engine like that.

A small leak can become a big leak (e.g. from the drain plug).

If you can positively testify it is the gasket round the sump, just add oil, check oil, keep on going.

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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

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Or old Detroit Diesels like mine - you add oil when it STOPS leaking.
That's so true... you beat me to it. I was busy adding oil. Just watch the oil level!!
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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

[QUOTE=barnakiel;2209787]It is OK to run but should you run out of oil, you will kill the engine like that.
A small leak can become a big leak (e.g. from the drain plug).
If you can positively testify it is the gasket round the sump, just add oil, check oil, keep on going.


That is a curious thing to say. A pipe plug will probably not come loose but any kind of a crush gasket can come loose, especially if it's not a new gasket, you can only crush them so much. Nothing that leaves the safety of the earths surface does so without a safety wired drain plug.
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Re: Ok to run diesel with small oil leak?

Like everyone has said running a diesel with the slow oil leak is not a problem, just check your level and understand your leak rate. You also need to find it so you understand the leak rate. Had a friend with a 4-108 who had a slow leak. He keep running it and putting oil in it, till the leak became more than he thought and the motor seized up. His leak was a rusty spot on the oil pan and the rust let go and he lost all his oil. Find the leak, hoses, drain plugs, heat exchanges can let go very fast with little to no warning.
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