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Old 02-23-2011, 07:01 AM   #1
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Default How often do you service the oil pump?

It didn't occur to me until yesterday that I probably should've looked at the oil pump while my friend and I were changing the timing belt over the weekend. How often are you supposed to service them, if ever? And by service I mean replacing the oil seal or any gaskets. I just passed 216k miles which is why I may have a concern for servicing it if it's something people do regularly. The car has been driven all year every year for the past 12 years.
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I don't think they can be serviced. They either work or they do not as far as I know. In your case it might have been a good idea to replace it AND the water pump while you had the T-belt off.
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by service I mean replacing the oil seal or any gaskets.
I change the seal every timing belt change. It is part #15 in the drawing below. It is cheap enough to justify this. Plus around 100k miles or seven years seems about right for the reliable life of the seal.

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I don't think they can be serviced. They either work or they do not as far as I know. In your case it might have been a good idea to replace it AND the water pump while you had the T-belt off.
I'm not sure if you actually read my post but I said "by service I mean replacing the oil seal and any gaskets". And the water pump did get replaced along with the camshaft seal (that was cracked causing leaks) and the timing belt tensioner.

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I change the seal every timing belt change. It is part #15 in the drawing below. It is cheap enough to justify this. Plus around 100k miles or seven years seems about right for the reliable life of the seal.

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Damn... I really don't want to pull it off again JUST to replace the oil seal... I'll have to look into that when I get under my car again.

Is there any way to tell it's leaking without obviously taking the lower timing belt cover off? Should the oil be leaking into a particular spot? When we had everything apart, I didn't see any particular spots that were heavily covered in oil. Everything under the lower cover on my engine seemed pretty clean, nothing was covered in oil from what I can remember.
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I'll have to look into that when I get under my car again. Is there any way to tell it's leaking without obviously taking the lower timing belt cover off? Should the oil be leaking into a particular spot? When we had everything apart, I didn't see any particular spots that were heavily covered in oil. Everything under the lower cover on my engine seemed pretty clean, nothing was covered in oil from what I can remember.
The lower TB cover has a little pocket in it that almost looks like it is designed to catch any oil leaking from the seal and then let the oil drip to the ground. If I saw oil on the ground beneath the lower TB cover and knew the seal had not been replaced in awhile, I would check to see that the seal looks like the most likely source of the leak, and then replace it.

No guarantees but like you're saying, I think monitoring the bottom region of the lower timing belt cover will be fine.
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on beaters i run them till they stop working, on my built cars i replace them every time i rebuild a motor.
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The lower TB cover has a little pocket in it that almost looks like it is designed to catch any oil leaking from the seal and then let the oil drip to the ground. If I saw oil on the ground beneath the lower TB cover and knew the seal had not been replaced in awhile, I would check to see that the seal looks like the most likely source of the leak, and then replace it.

No guarantees but like you're saying, I think monitoring the bottom region of the lower timing belt cover will be fine.
Thanks. I'll keep an eye on that.

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