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#4629882 - 01/09/18 10:48 PM watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low!
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 3564
Loc: Chicago, IL
Nissan 3.5; neighbor complained that the check engine light was on. P0011. timing off on bank 1. hmmmm. pulled dipstick. 4 quarts low!!!
It was an easy repair: replace the o ring between the oil cooler and the block. supposedly book time is 1.2 hours. didn't take half that.
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#4629905 - 01/09/18 11:31 PM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: tomcat27]
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Registered: 07/25/17
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That was a close one for your neighbor
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#4629936 - 01/10/18 01:18 AM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: tomcat27]
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Watch that dipstick might be more generally applicable advice, assuming you have got one.

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#4629989 - 01/10/18 05:59 AM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: tomcat27]
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Are the piston rings shot ?

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#4630032 - 01/10/18 07:13 AM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: tomcat27]
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My replacement 5.4 is permanently noisey from that happening. Oil cooler went bad and it dumped 6 quarts of oil into both the coolant and out of the cooler itself while driving. Never had the oil light come on, but it was realllll low.
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#4630083 - 01/10/18 08:12 AM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: tomcat27]
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I acquired a free 03 Maxima with a 3.5L with the infamous busted radiator/tie bar support. When I got it the 3.5 was dangerously low on oil. I added 3.5 qts! There are a couple of leaks. One is the cam sensor o ring. Another is from the pan area. I assumed its the drain bolt washer. Could that possibly the o ring you describe??
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#4630232 - 01/10/18 10:05 AM Re: watch that oil cooler seal! neighbor 4 qts low! [Re: LeakySeals]
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Loc: Utah, USA
Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
I acquired a free 03 Maxima with a 3.5L with the infamous busted radiator/tie bar support. When I got it the 3.5 was dangerously low on oil. I added 3.5 qts! There are a couple of leaks. One is the cam sensor o ring. Another is from the pan area. I assumed its the drain bolt washer. Could that possibly the o ring you describe??



The O-ring is behind the "oil cooler"......the round thingy that the oil filter screws onto. You remove the filter, then there's a big nut behind it (if memory serves correctly). The housing (oil cooler) is then able to move away from the block. There is a big O-ring behind it where it mates to the block. They tend to start leaking above 100k miles. Get the replacement from the dealer. They've been redesigned over the years and I think I only paid about $8 for it.

Edit: There are two rubber hoses that connect to the oil cooler. They contain coolant. Be careful with them..........unless you're replacing them also. Mine were oil saturated from the leaking O-ring, so I replaced mine.


Edited by 28oz (01/10/18 10:07 AM)
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