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Today one of my brand-new rebu

Today one of my brand-new rebuilt oil lines burst after 5 min of warm-up time and I'm now faced with the worst clean-up job I've ever seen. I have oil all over the engine and bay and pray that I haven't ruined my clutch or electrical components.

Q's--What is a good source for oil lines. I was quoted $400 a piece by one parts dealer today--can this be real? Would oil damage a pick-up sensor or hurt any of the electrical connections? Is it safe to spray electrical contact cleaner onto a flywheel sensor to clean it up? Any suggestions for a safe clean-up?
 
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Sorry to hear the bad news Bil

Sorry to hear the bad news Bill. For simple engine cleaning and especially for oil I use Simple Green. Use it on the driveway also. It disolves the oil very well and gets into the pores of the concrete.

JL
 
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Hi Bill,

the oil mess shoul


Hi Bill,

the oil mess shouldn't harm anything on the engine. Possible it got on the clutch but sounds unlikely. Agree with Jeremy that Simple Green and a garden hose used carefully will remove the mess without any harm to anything.

Sorry to hear the hose blew, strange, wrong type hose maybe?

Regards, JRV
 
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Bill:

If the oil got on any


Bill:

If the oil got on any rubber or hoses, replace them ASAP. I would also check your timing belts to verify that they are oil free. If oil got on the timing belts, tow the car to your mechanic and have them replaced ASAP.

As to the oil clean up, Jeremy and JRV have already mentioned Simple Green. You can go to Wal-Mart and buy it in gallon jugs. I would do it quickly so that the oil does not soak into the belts or hoses.

Again, sorry to hear about this.

Ken
 
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Thanks for the support guys. I

Thanks for the support guys. I'll do the Simple Green route--sounds good. Fortunately ( I guess !?! ), it blew off at the lower motor fitting near the exhaust manifold, so the oil blew toward the drivers side of the car and not in the direction of the belts--but, of course, the driver's side everything was saturated with oil--what a mess.
The place that did them was apologetic, gave me my $ back and the owner will call me Mon morning. The first rep who looked at them immediately admitted that the end wasn't installed properly. These were Areoquip steel-braided hose attached to the stock fittings. The hose blew clean off of the fitting after 5 min of warm up--obviously installed wrong.

I'm in a bit of a dilemma--I know that the owner will offer to make up a new set, but I'm pretty skiddish right now. The hell of this is that the place has done nothing but hydraulic hoses for 20 yrs and has an excellent reputation. I have a friend whose had numerous hoses hade up for his dragster for years by them w/o ever a problem--what luck, eh?
 
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Bill,

I would simply have t


Bill,

I would simply have the hose maker do yours over with an adult that's paying attention (preferably sober) redo them.

JRV
 
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Have the hoses pressure checke

Have the hoses pressure checked to 2 times operating pressure and insure that you have no "pushback" of the hose out of the fitting. You mark the hose right at the inlet to the fitting and make sure it does not push out of the fitting under the test pressure.That is also true when the hose was made up. It should have been watched for the pushback when the fitting was assembled. A new hose is just as suspect as an old hose if it is not tested first. I have had this mess to clean up also, one time after the blowout caused a major fire in the car. Not much fun.
 
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Just a general question.

Wh


Just a general question.

What harm is done regarding oil on any of the exposed rubber including the timing belts?

If a little oil got on the timing belts and you clean it off as practically possible. Are we saying that there is a realistic danger that the belt could slip or deteriorate? I just can't see installing new belts because of this. But live and learn.

Drew
 
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Conventional wisdom is that oi

Conventional wisdom is that oil contamination on any of the drive belts and timing belts would require replacement. Had it happen on my Honda Accord (leaky cam cover gasket) and they recommended replacing the timing belt along with the cam cover gasket. The issue is the oil can potentially cause the rubber to break down.
 
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Since I will be reinstalling n

Since I will be reinstalling new oil lines, again, and installing a cleaned out oil cooler, and have a new oil filter on, do you think a dry star would be in order to build up oil pressure? A friend rec'd pulling the coil wires and cranking the engine until the oil pressure builds. Then, re instaling thecoil wires and starting the engine. Does this sound right? Is it necessary? Are there other ways of accomplishing an oil build up with a Ferrari 308?
 
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Hi Bill,

you can just remov


Hi Bill,

you can just remove the Fuel Pump fuse to keep the engine from starting while cranking. Priming isn't a bad idea...no harm if you don't as the oil system itself does retain a fair amount od oil in it, at least over short term non-use.

Regards, JRV
 
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