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Re: Best leaking engine quote ever...

old school a leak is poor workmanship always has been always will be. If it leaks I have no job or it blows up. Think about BP just a leak same bad attitude. Change it fix it or be 2nd class. Some one needs to be the 2nd but no one needs to die. Tell the dead ones on the space shuttle it was just a leak. Lets not be happy if it leaks or make a joke of it. Not wanting to sound harsh I am sure someone will look at this in a bad light. Maybe someone else might think twice fix that leak and save a life Best regards Lou 452
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Reminded of an old saying from a friend of mine:
Why don't the British make computers?
They couldn't figure out how to make them leak oil.....
Regards to Lou452, I fix leaks for a living, so I hear you!
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old school a leak is poor workmanship always has been always will be.
Or bad design. The old British bikes were notorious leakers. Generally it was caused by the fact that the crankcase was split vertically instead of horizontally - just plain stupid design work.
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I used to be able to tell if my BSA bike was getting low on oil if there was only a small puddle under the engine....
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A group of us Porsche mechanics once determined that if it's leaking enough to saturate a Cosco pizza box on the garage floor in less than a week, it's time to fix the leak.
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Re: Best leaking engine quote ever...

Lou,

In the best of all possible worlds, you would be dead on correct.

However, most times we are left to do the best we can with what we're given. Many engines (why does my mind always want to add "British" to that description?) are simply known as "leakers" as many have posted earlier.

Unfortunately, fixing every leak at the first sign of seepage would lead to extensive down time for maintenance/repairs. That's OK for some things, but in many cases it gets in the way of enjoying your toy or in many military cases accomplishing the mission.
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A group of us Porsche mechanics once determined that if it's leaking enough to saturate a Cosco pizza box on the garage floor in less than a week, it's time to fix the leak.
Or sell it if it's old & British - that would make it unfixable as they leaked about that much from new.
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Or sell it if it's old & British - that would make it unfixable as they leaked about that much from new.
Careful there, SJB --- you're gonna talk me out of rebuilding my 4.108
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Since you are all bad mouthing British automotive engineers I might as well join in the fun.

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Careful there, SJB --- you're gonna talk me out of rebuilding my 4.108
I was only referring to trying to "fix"" the leaks. I've got a 4-107 and have no problem about the minor leaks - just keep a package of bilge diapers onboard. I don't dislike old British machinery - I've had a post war Rover, 2 English bikes, 2 Jags - the first car I ever bought with my own money was an E-Type. I just have no illusions about their qualities and bits of REALLY dumb design mixed in with all that wonderful "Britishness".

My wifes' current XJR is probably the nicest driving car I've ever had but it leaks some. It goes in tomorrow to have the diff seals replaced.
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