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Old 01-15-2015, 07:44 AM   #1
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F53 V10 Oil Leak

I'm in the process of purchasing a 2008 MH on the F53 chassis with 25k miles. When I slid under to the MH to inspect, I did find some fresh oil on the left side of the motor in the back (Left side when standing in front of the MH and looking at it). Looks like it could just be a pan bolt that needs tightening, but a local mechanic shop also said it could be the timing chain cover gasket as this was common on several years of V10s. I'm kind of dumbfounded as I thought the timing chain was in the front, not the back (perhaps he thinks the oil may be seeping towards the back??). Also, the owner keeps the MH in a garage with concrete floor and always parked in the same place ... the concrete only shows a couple of stains where the oil did drip. Would not have even noticed unless I was underneath with a flashlight looking things over. Have others with a V10 had anything similar and what did you do about it? Any other thoughts? I'd like to have this fixed, but if it is a timing cover gasket then cost could get expensive because in a MH. Original owner has warranty until July this year, but with $500 deductible. Not sure for that price it would be worth fixing?
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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Never had any engine oil leak issues with our 2000 v10, however if it were mine, for my own peace of mind, I think I'd bite the bullet and spend the $$$ to have it fixed.

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Old 01-15-2015, 02:58 PM   #3
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Most leaks get worse instead of better. Food for thought.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:02 AM   #4
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Milehghcty,

First off LEFT & RIGHT on any vehicle is determined as though you were setting in the drivers seat. So your oil leak is on the right side towards the rear.

Secondly, leaking oil does two things. It flows down (gravity) and back (wind). I always instructed kids to follow the oil upward and forward to find its source.

Third, usually tightening any bolt that is used to apply clamping pressure to two metal parts with a gasket between the parts almost always never works. Gaskets compress, so if a bolt is loose tightening it more just compresses the gasket which deforms the metal and allows more oil to leak. Now that information was true for many years but has changed for the most part. What they have done to prevent over tightening causing more problems is they have put a metal washer in the rubber gasket so once the bolt is tight and the gasket is compressed tightening the bolt will not compress the gasket more because the washer prevents that. GREAT IDEA !!! AND IT WAS ABOUT TIME FOR DETROIT TO GET SMART.

Lastly, the mechanic (I reserve the word TECHNICIAN for those that at least present some what of a quality approach to repairs) who said it was the timing cover does not know what they are talking about. I sure wouldn't allow him/her to touch my vehicle. WHY??

Engines have a crankshaft. That crankshaft exits the engine on the end where the drive pulley's are located. The V-10 is situated front to back. Front wheel drive cars are mounted sideways. The timing cover is ALWAYS just behind the front of the engine. So your timing cover is on the front just as you suspected.

As LVJ58 suggested have a decent technician determine where the oil is coming from and have it fixed.

I might add this. Take a picture of the area from where you believe the oil is coming and post it here on the forums. Give us a closeup and a shot back so those looking can orientate themselves. There's a wealth of knowledge available and I'm sure somebody will identify exactly where the oil is leaking.

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Thanks TJ and et al. Unfortunately, the MH is about 1700 miles away so won't be able to take pics and post. After I purchased the coach, I just left it in Florida since I would be heading back in a month or so. The owner agreed to keep in his garage and just thought I'd save the gas and wear and tear both ways. I might have some good news and that is that the owner did buy an extended warranty when he bought the MH new ... anyway, that warranty goes until October this year. This is not the Good Sams Insurance he has with a $500 deductible ... so this other warranty does cover the fix just don't know if there is a deductible or not. Will know more in a couple of weeks when the wife and I drive back down to take possession of the coach and spend 2 to 3 months in the south. I will get it fixed as I hate oil leaks in my garage ... just need to find out more about the extended warranty the owner bought when he purchased the coach new. Thanks again
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