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FX35 Oil leak - valve cover gaskets?

Discussion in 'FX (03-08) - Engine & Drivetrain' started by Jval, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Jval

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    Hey Everyone, these are pics of a FX35 2005.
    Is this a valve cover gasket leak? photos were taken from under the car, passenger side.

    I've never replaced valve covers but I'm willing to learn with this one.

    Thanks for your help.

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    I think that's something else... The valve covers are over the engine, and the sign that they're leaking is that oil will pool in the area surrounding the sparkplugs...
     
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    I'm gonna say that is an indicator that the gasket will need to be changed, then again.. it's hard to tell where the picture is taken lol

    So, an indicator of bad valve covers is oil on any of the spark plugs.. meaning the spark plug seal has deteriorated.
    an indicator of bad valve cover gaskets (gaskets around the valve cover) is oil around the valve covers. Iirc
     
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    Here are a couple more photos. The red arrow in the diagram shows where the leak is... I think...

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    This other photo is from the top. There are 2 red arrows, one pointing to a metal tab, the leak is at that level, I cleaned the metal tab a few days ago. The second arrow points to the back of the engine and that's where I see the oil coming from on the previous picture from under the car.

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    Just remove the coilpack out from the spark plug. If it is covered with oil, you have valve cover gasket leak
     
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    if your millage is over 80K then it most likely is the vc gasket. it's about a 4-5 hrs do-it-yourself job. buy the gaskets and the valve covers before you start tearing everything down. if the seal around the spark plugs are leaking then you'll have to replace the entire cover.
     
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    I'm at 130k. I'll check it out and post back.
    Thanks for the help.
     
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    At 200,000 miles plus I had to buy two new valve covers, or let my mechanic try to seal around all the spark plug boots with silicone. Z people said I overspent, apparently they've been siliconing them back together for some time.

    Good luck.
     
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    Silicone? Maybe if they don't mind making the same repair time & time again. If you're keeping your FX, you did it the right way.
     
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    Removed the coilpacks and they where dry, including the wells. See pics.


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    These are additional pics of the throttle. Do I have to clean it up?
     

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    Yeah... She's pretty dirty... Remember to look up how to reset your ECU after that. There's 3 parts I think you'll need to do after cleaning the throttle body to reset everything...
     
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    I've done everything that you're not supposed to do involving the t.b., maf, etc. & have never had any issues. No resets. Disconnect your - battery term. & if your still worried, unplug the t.b. which you'd want to do anyways if your going to clean it well by removing it.
    If I were you, I'd @ least clean up the area in question w/degreaser & then take a look every time you get home. It's possible oil is running via pcv valve to that area, especially if you park on an incline. In the 1st photo I see what looks like oil north of the area where it's accumulating. Gotta be the v.c. or pcv/hose.
     
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    Is the throttle clean-up procedure in the service manual? I can't find it.

    By the way, when I was removing the air intake hoses and box, I found the boot going to throttle is falling apart. Checked for the part and its $250 for the whole air intake box, no one sell the boot alone. What's the alternative? can I glue this one?
    Thanks for ll the help.


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    Alternative? Not sure, but I'll bet you can get one at some auto parts store, generic, but a workaround, auto salvage? I got new ones when I changed to conical KN style filter....

    You can probably get air raid, or KN reusable filter, kit will likely have it, less than $250, couple of freed up HP?
     
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    It might be in the fsm? Check idx.pdf which is the index in the fsm & go from there. You'll find it.
    Brake cleaner or t.b. cleaner & a rag will do the trick & if you need to go get that, might as well get some MAF cleaner & hit that thing while your at it.
    I would use some gorilla tape or hey, that T-rex tape cause their commercial is much better. Make sure you clean that rubber connection piece well 1st so the tape seals well all around. That shit will by you all the time you need, until you know what your next move is. If your not worried about cosmetics, seal it well with silicone 1st, let that cure & then wrap it in one of the above tapes. I bet that would hold for a very long time in an air-only type situation.
    Don't know how reliable any type of glue would be under the hood?
    I used a 35* (iirc) silicone connector for my home-made intake.
    Unless it tore while you're doing your thing, you must've gotten a lean code? Maybe it's a pending code & not showing up as a check engine light yet. You'd be running a wee bit lean with a tear like that.
     
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    Here are some options, starting from cheapest, to one of the more interesting options I was looking at AFTER I already did my intake...

    https://www.amazon.com/Intake-Hose-Infiniti-FX35-UNIVERSAL/dp/B00AGDVSJS

    RED BLACK fit 2003-2006 INFINITI FX35 G35 3.5 3.5L V6 AIR INTAKE KIT SYSTEMS

    2.75" COLD AIR INTAKE KIT BLACK FOR 02-06 NISSAN 350Z INFINITI G35 FX35 Z33 V35 | eBay

    WEAPON-R DRAGON RAM AIR INTAKE FOR 03-05 INFINITI FX35 | eBay
     
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    Oh... And to clean the throttle body, just remove it (it's only 4 bolts) and clean it... I just used rubbing alcohol on it and did a good last wipedown before reinstalling it. Then had to do the pedal dance to reset the ECU and relearn the closed position for the throttle body. You'll hear the throttle body moving around while you do this so it will figure out what the proper "closed" position is again...

    Full instructions are here:

    Infiniti G35 and Nissan 350Z resetting ECU, Throttle Release, Idle Air Volume Learning
     
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    I did find a streak of oil in the intake.
     
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