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Distributor leaking oil

My 1998 Volvo S70 has an oil leak coming from the bottom of the distributor. I want to buy the correct parts, but that is all. I don't know what are All the parts between the were the oil is coming from (the engine) to the distributor (exp. the Distributor cap ((but I am not sure what is behind that & if there is something behind that).

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  • satjdg Feb 11, 2009

    Problem = Rear Cam Seal cracked, allowing oil to leak into the distributor.

    Solution = Removed the distributor cap, rotor, rotor plate, & finally removed the cracked Rear Cam Seal. If you replace the seal, then also before putting it in put lube on it or you'll just end up needing to replace it again. PLEASE don't make the mistake I made as I didn't mark how the distributor rotor plate goes back on. It actually nice how the manufactur made it because there is only 2 to 3 ways to put it on. Regardless I put it on the wrong way & tried to force it down = broken prongs on my distributor rotor plate......Trust me I've been looking & it is hard as heck to find a replacement distributor rotor plate (If this is even what you call it).

  • paigesboys Feb 18, 2009

    I have a 1998 S70 Volvo leaking oil on thr driver side of engine. I can not see wear its coming from. How much to repair?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    1998 volvo s70 oil seeping from round seal in valve cover



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Ok if the oil is coming out of the distributor it has to be taken right out and marked to go back in the correct spot there is a rubber o ring on the shaft of it.

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SOURCE: 1998 volvo s70 distributor leeking

just remove distributer knock roll pin out holds bottom gear on remove bottom gear pull shaft out of dist. housing replace o-ring seal and reassemble, not really that hard

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The other possibility on the driver side of the engine is the main seal between the engine and transmission. If this is the case, you would have to either drop the transmission or pull the engine to replace it.

What if the oil is leaking on the passenger side? If it's coming from behind the timing belt cover, there is a camshaft seal and a crankshaft seal, both of which can leak oil. To get to them, you will have to remove all accessory belts and the alternator, remove the exterior crankshaft pulley, remove the engine mount (support the engine) and the timing belt covers, remove the timing belt, then the crankshaft pulley and/or camshaft pulley, whichever is necessary to replace the leaking seal(s).

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