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While climbing under the car to examine the power steering hoses I am replacing, I found that one of the bottom-most bolt lugs on the bellhousing had previously been sheered off when the car had been backed up. In addition, the metal shroud (like a stiff gasket) that would usually sit flush against the bellhousing is peeled back about a 1/4". Is this area supposed to be an oil tight seal? The whole area is really grimey, and makes it hard for me to tell if this was the source for a leak, or the previous leaks from both the rear of the intake manifold and the power steering hoses are the real culprits. Thanks guys.

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That cover is too prevent road grime getting into the bellhousing. It is not intended to be a perfect seal...no gasket. The greasey grime could be from your intake leak or ps leaks but it could also be a sign your rear main is leaking. The early rope type seal is notorious for leaking. Or a combination :)

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I thought of that too. The thing is, the car uses almost no oil, and burns really clean. (unrelated: I took the plugs out after 10K miles, and they looked like the practically came out of the box....I was very happy). If the rear main is leaking, would this cause slinging of oil into the clutch interface and cause some spotty slipping?

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Locate a new bolt and re-install. Sounds like your car needs a Simple Green treatment. I love this stuff. In fact, SWMBO picked me up two gallons last weekend at Costco. It's about 8.00 per gallon there, and I use it like it's car wash soap.

I concur on the previous analysis, but it is amazing how a little oil can make a huge mess, especially combined with road dirt. Now that you've got some of the other leaks fixed, clean the area and check again once you've got it back on the road!


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I would, but there is no place to thread the bolt, as the cast lug on the bellhousing is gone. I think the proper way to fix it is to install a Tremec and use the spacer *G*! I love this stuff!

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