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Dead Eye Dave    Posted 02-24-2021 at 08:41:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Oil dripping....
  • So, being the dead of winter here I have my 1952 Ford 8N inside and am doing some maintenance. I just noticed oil dripping from the fins on the bottom of the oil pan on the engine.. about 1/3 of the way back. I wiped it all down and the next day it was back. I checked the oil filter and oil tube on the left side and the governor on the right, thinking one of them was the source but they are not. So, I am thinking oil pan gasket? It is not easy to see anything in that area. I can see at first glance that replacing any gasket would be a much tougher job than I want. So, I am wondering if tightening the bolts would possibly stop this? i will check torque values. Engine was completely overhauled in June 2012. Can anyone suggest a fix? Maybe I should just let it drip and watch it? Oil level on the dipstick is not reflecting any change.
    Love my 8N.....even more as I age! Dave

    Kimberly    Posted 02-25-2021 at 14:14:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Oil dripping....
  • We had our tractor overhauled by a guy that my Dad said was the best in this area. Well, that was before he took to drinking. Wish we had known about his alcohol problem. Not sure what was done right and what was done wrong. One thing wrong was he installed the wrong pan gasket. At first no leak; then a small one and eventually it go so bad; both front ends, that I couldn't keep oil in it. I finally put it in the shed and got to work, moving the front end out of the way, dropping the pan (very heavy and if you drop it and crack it...) etc. Once I had the pan off it was clear the wrong gaskets; they didn't have the proper shape at the front and were just barely sealing; which is why it took some time for the leaks to start. So it is possible that you may have to end up dropping the pan and replacing the gaskets even though it was done in 2012.

    Bruce(VA)    Posted 02-24-2021 at 09:25:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Clean it up and check back frequently.

    I'd think front seal, but yes, it could be the pan gasket.

    Either one, I'd let it leak until it showed up on the dipstick.

    Sure, you can check the bolts, but do not over-tighten them.

    Dave H    Posted 02-24-2021 at 08:46:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I would find the source.

    That sounds like a get on your back job.

    Don't forget the card board creeper. Goof Luck.

    Dead Eye Dave    Posted 02-25-2021 at 09:48:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, as was suggested I got down on my butt to check. I had searched on line to ask what the troque value would be for 1/2" bolts. It said 75 pounds...grade five which sounded like too much to me. Anyway, armed with my torque wrench set at 75 pounds I went to check. I was amazed at how loose they were. I tightened all a bit but certainly not to 75 pounds! So, can someone give some guidance on the torque for oil pan bolts?? And.....behold.....while I am down there within range of my reading glasses I see oil dripping from the line that runs from oil filter canister around the front of the engine. So, I snugged the two nuts attaching the line to the bottom of the canister hoping that may be the problem. Mission creep!?!
    Thoughts from anyone....everyone....? Dave

    DED    Posted 02-25-2021 at 10:07:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Found it. I was right. 15-18 pounds. A lot less than 75. Happy I did not push ahead with 75 pounds!

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