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Old 04-09-2010, 04:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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so did an oil change two days ago...[ive had my car since 2005]...never leaked before...well never leaked oil...all of sudden the next day my car started smoking and i opend my hood, there was oil everywhere...my oil cap popped off...-.- i soon started thinking maybe i was forgettful and didnt tighten the cap, but then once i put the cap back on i was still leaking oil...then i assumed maybe the cap went bad and its not sealing right...so i replaced the cap, and it has a tight fit now...but for some reason im still leaking oil...i think my valve cover gasket might have gone bad because there is oil on it, but it looks like its coming from that oil on the side of the cover by the spark plug wires...can someone give me some reassurance...is it really the valve cover gasket? or is it something else? helllpp please..
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the valve cover gasket goes around the outside and also the inside around the spark plug area. its definitely possible your gasket needs replacing. its unfortunately a common repair on the reno/forenza, at least on some years it seems to be.
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ive been working in the automobile industry for several years now. One thing I've noticed with our cars is that we have a problem with the head gasket (not the valve cover gasket) and with the oil pump. The oil pump could be the cause of your leakage. Heres my suggestion. Start the car then turn your wheel to the left so if you could see your ud pully on the right of the car. if you see a leakage from there then its most probobly ur oil pump. Btw if the issue is your valve cover gasket then your lucky cause its a quick fix and inexpensive.

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the valve cover gaskets are pretty crappy on the reno/forenza, leaking all the time. the new protocol for replacement is actually to use the gasket and sealant. so if it is the valve cover gasket make sure the sealant is used as well as the gasket.
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Did you solve the leakage issue???
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Hi There I happened to see your post and I am presently having the same problem with my 2008 Forenza with only 20,000 miles. I just went for my pre trial inspection and the air head technicians did not notice my car had a leak. I am in the middle of a lemon law case with Suzuki and they said my car was fine. But they are wrong I have a leak coming from the right side of my engine near the spark plugs and the smell is coming into my exhaust and it is buring my eyes and throat. I took it to a few auto repair shops here in Tampa and they said that my Valve gasket seal burst. It sounds like you have the same problem as me. Well good luck and let me know if you have it checked out I am curious to see the verdict is. GOOD LUCK
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so did an oil change two days ago...[ive had my car since 2005]...never leaked before...well never leaked oil...all of sudden the next day my car started smoking and i opend my hood, there was oil everywhere...my oil cap popped off...-.- i soon started thinking maybe i was forgettful and didnt tighten the cap, but then once i put the cap back on i was still leaking oil...then i assumed maybe the cap went bad and its not sealing right...so i replaced the cap, and it has a tight fit now...but for some reason im still leaking oil...i think my valve cover gasket might have gone bad because there is oil on it, but it looks like its coming from that oil on the side of the cover by the spark plug wires...can someone give me some reassurance...is it really the valve cover gasket? or is it something else? helllpp please..
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