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Re: Find the oil leak
I don't think you can isolate an engine oil leak if the engine is not running unless it is the drain plug that is leaking.
First thing I'd check, once the engine was up to operating temp is the oil pressure. Is the needle where it always was? It's not necessarily an exact reading of the oil pressure, but like eng temp, any change from normal is to be noted. Way high oil pressure could indicate a blockage in the system.
Check the usual suspects like seals and pump gaskets, but if it's not easily seen then perhaps you have a problem with rings. If you have weak rings your crankcase pressure (not oil pressure) will build up and you can get oil leaking from some very unobvious places, like the dip stick. Also, in that case, you would have smoke coming out of the breather and exhaust at higher RPMs and load, so it should be apparent. To be certain, just place a finger over the dip stick hole and feel the pressure. You shouldn't feel much if you have no problem.
Some engine companies have gotten it right; a white or light colored engine make leak finding much easier.
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