hello, I have an engine oil leak on my 2003 protege5 manual. The oil leak is actually on top of the engine and I am wondering what the cause is/ how I can fix this. has anyone experienced this issue and if so what part do I need to replace.
If bolts were loose then tighten them all, wipe off residual oil and see if it still leaks before throwing coin at new parts. Look in your plug holes and make sure to wipe that out if any in there. After driving it a few days or week, check and see if still problem. If so, then go get vc gasket set.
Let me guess, you have 100K+ miles on your engine? Same thing happened to mine and to others on this forum. Engine vibration works them loose at around 100k miles. I first tried just tightening my bolts, then eventually replaced my valve cover gasket and grommets with a Fel-Pro kit that contained both gasket and grommets. I can't say I was wild about the quality of the Fel-Pro kit. I still have a tiny bit of leakage and the grommets started peeling around their edges pretty quickly. Maybe Beck/Arnley would be better. I went out and bought a new torque wrench for this job as my medium and large ones would not have been sensitive enough, so either use a light touch or use a torque wrench on the small end of the spectrum (inch-pounds, not foot-pounds).
Anway, as I12 said above, try just tightening the bolts and wiping everything down before you buy a new kit. And do be careful because you're dealing with aluminum, not steel.