Boxer Engine - Oil and Water Leaks
Hi Alfa fans.
I have a brand new (fully reconditioned) Alfa 33 boxer engine in my kit car which was fitted by Rusper Alfa. They got it running in their garage in May 2012 and everything seemed good.
Getting it home I continued with my car re-build, which is a long way off for it to be driven.
I ran the engine a few weeks after getting the car back from Rusper and noticed a few water leaks. (Tut tut). I ordered some hose and soon fixed the leaks. My white floor clearly shows up the red anti freeze so it's very useful to spot any leaks.
I've run the engine approximately once a month since May but only for a very short while. However, last weekend I ran the engine up to temperature and saw my fans spinning up and spinning down accordingly. Everything seemed fine.
Today (4 days later) I had a grovel underneath the engine to check that everything was OK, but I noticed two things:
1. Clean oil seeping out of the camshaft carrier gasket next to one of the bolt heads on each side of the engine, at the same opposing corner. It's not enough to drip onto the floor but one drip is getting large enough to fall to the floor soon. Should I be worried? Should I tell Rusper Alfa? How could it possibly be getting past the new gasket and, presumably, the flat faces of the camshaft where the gasket is sandwiched?
2. A small deposit (half a teaspoon at most) of coolant found on the floor, evidently coming from the oil breather pipe that is connected at one end to the oil filler tube and the other end just open to the engine bay, angled down near the oil filter (not sure I'm too happy about this set up). Again, should I be worried and should I tell Rusper Alfa? There is no evidence of any milky residue in the oil pipe. I have noticed that the coolant level in the expansion tank has gone down to the plastic weld line though. It was a bit higher. I'm assuming this is normal as I probably filled it a little too high but I'm not sure where it could have gone as it hasn't come out of the overflow pipe. Surely not out of the oil breather pipe!
Once again, the car has never been driven. It sits in the garage and gets started up now and then without moving.
Thanks for your time and for any worthy responses.