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Old 10-28-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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2003 Journey CAT 312E 330 oil drip

(I've posted in the CAT forum but thought I would try over here also. Sometimes it helps to hear from a fellow Winnebago owners )

Hi - Our recently purchased 2003 Journey with the CAT 3126E 330 engine has developed a oil drip. We've had it over a year now and the bottom of the engine was bone dry until after I had the coolant surge tank replaced. Which the 2 may be unrelated but... I was not very happy with the way my service call was handled at Frieghtliner of Knoxville TN. It was like asking to see OZ if I wanted to go back in the shop to view the progress. Ultimately they never let me back. Anyway now it has a drip and the strange part is that after I parked it and wiped up the oil from the pan more showed up while it was parked and not used at all. It drips down the large end of the pan towards the rear of the coach. Kinda looks like it might be the oil pan gasket or I wondered if this was the HEUI issue. It just seems strange that it is dripping at rest. Not a lot but enough to cause me concern.

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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Sounds like a cold leak. I usually find these at coolant taps, coolant hose connections or power steering connections. You need to get real intimate with your engine and probably a little dirty to see for yourself exactly where it is coming from. You might only need to tighten a hose clamp or get an o-ring replaced.
As far as a shop not letting you inspect their work. That would be the last time I would ever use them. Some have pretty tight insurance rules that don't let the customer wonder around the shop but you should always be able to be escorted out to your rig and have the work explained to you.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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(I've posted in the CAT forum but thought I would try over here also. Sometimes it helps to hear from a fellow Winnebago owners )

Hi - Our recently purchased 2003 Journey with the CAT 3126E 330 engine has developed a oil drip. We've had it over a year now and the bottom of the engine was bone dry until after I had the coolant surge tank replaced. Which the 2 may be unrelated but... I was not very happy with the way my service call was handled at Frieghtliner of Knoxville TN. It was like asking to see OZ if I wanted to go back in the shop to view the progress. Ultimately they never let me back. Anyway now it has a drip and the strange part is that after I parked it and wiped up the oil from the pan more showed up while it was parked and not used at all. It drips down the large end of the pan towards the rear of the coach. Kinda looks like it might be the oil pan gasket or I wondered if this was the HEUI issue. It just seems strange that it is dripping at rest. Not a lot but enough to cause me concern.

Thanks for any advise!

Ben
If your absolutely sure it's oil and not coolant then you have a few areas that may cause the problem. I just had my 3126E leak repaired. Turned out to be a timing gear cover gasket which required removal of the radiator and CAC. Would leak for awhile after driving but then would slow down and stop in a couple days. I too replaced the oil pan gasket thinking that might be the problem. Another possibility could be the HUEI or front seal. Does the oil come from the front of engine or back? Front being toward rear of coach. That's where my leak developed but it's really hard to tell exactly where it's coming from. I've heard of the oil filter bracket leaking too.

On another note, when they replaced my surge tank, they didn't tighten the coolant sensor enough and developed a leak. Good luck.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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Our Journey had a small drip that turned out to be the seals on the Turbo. Cost way less than o hundred dollars to fix it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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Hey Guys - good suggestions! I assumed it was oil but may be coolant. I will have to get a better shop light and crawl around a little better. Been needing an excuse to get one of those cordless LED ones.

Cooperhawk - did you replace the seals on the turbo yourself?

Thanks for all the tips! Its been stressing me out a little.

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I will have to get a better shop light and crawl around a little better. Been needing an excuse to get one of those cordless LED ones.

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Just got myself a snap on cordless at Costco. Under 20 bucks. Makes life way easier.
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Huei does have o-ring where oil line goes in that can cause oil drip.
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