[Saloon-lovers] 61 Mk2 Oil Leak

I am finding a large pool of oil under our 61 Mk 2 3.8 after being
parked a few days. Its a discoloured colour however the engine oil
is fresh and up to level. So assume it is from the power steering
pump.It certainly is coming from that area. However the resovoir
level is not changing and is pink auto trans fluid. I put some
power steering stop leak in the system to try and stop the leak ,
and it was obvious by the P steering level which dropped
previously. Now no level change but this heavy oil leak.
I wonder if the additive has stopped the circulation , however the
power assistance is still there. Just how much oil is there in the
pump itself?
The manual says there is an air vent , could this be blocked , dont
know where it is!!! I replaced the filter a few months back. Could
the stop leak plug a filter?
Any answers ???
Cant understand where this oil is coming from

Thanks,
Kim R–
sportscarguy
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In reply to a message from sportscarguy sent Thu 10 Jul 2014:

Try wrapping a clean towel around the pump and check it in a
day or two, that might confirm the location of the leak.
And check to see that the hose fittings are tight.
Report back.
P.–
Peter J. Smith, 1966 3.8S MOD
Carson City Nevada, United States
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In reply to a message from sportscarguy sent Thu 10 Jul 2014:

Kim,

Clean the engine with a degreaser and place a clean cardboard
under on the car to catch the ‘‘large pool’’. Plain white paper
under the front and rear crank seals, trans output and PAS
will clearly show the color of the liquid. I use a dye kit
and light to find the most elusive leaks and you can’t miss
them. The goal of a leak free 61 MK 2 is unrealistic, unless
you have the skills to redesign, machine or replace many parts
of the car.

Paul–
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I am finding a large pool of oil under our 61 Mk 2 3.8 after being
parked a few days. Its a discoloured colour however the engine oil
is fresh and up to level. So assume it is from the power steering


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You should be able to feel the underside of the generator
mounted pump and see if it is oily. The steering gear is
more difficult and you would need to be under the car to see
this. Other possible sources are leaking steering hoses.
These are a lot easier to repair than a leaking steering
gear. I doubt that the liquid stop leak would affect the
circulation or operation of the system. These materials
usually have a substance that softens up old seals so they
perform better. It is not like radiator Barrs leak.–
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power steering stop leak in the system to try and stop the leak ,
and it was obvious by the P steering level which dropped
previously. Now no level change but this heavy oil leak.
I wonder if the additive has stopped the circulation , however the
power assistance is still there. Just how much oil is there in the


John Quilter 1965 3.8S, 1951 MGTD, 1960 Morris ,1990 XJ6
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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