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2 OCTOBER 1969 Vol 131 I{o 384i2

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PETER OARXIEi LEOT{ARD AY?Oil SruanT rt.ADof, cEOFFREY P. )lOWAeO, I Sc{Eng), ACG t rrratES rnll^tD LIOIIEL BUNRTLL MANTIi LEWI'

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WARREN ALLPORT MARTIN OWERS MICHAET SCARLETT DAVID THOMAS

EDWANO EVIS HAROLD HOLT, AMIMI. AMA€T RONAID BARKER ROGER HUNTINGTON, ASAE (Delrcit,) EOIN YOUNG /Spor, H. il. PR|AULX, MAE MAURICE A. SiIITH, OFC

MAIN FEATURES

TWO-CAR TEST: FORD ZODIAC AIIID VAUXHALL

CRESTA DE LUXE ROGEE HUilTINGTON ON THE 1970 GABS

FROM DETROIT AUTOTEST: HILLMAI{ GT IUEW CARS: ASTON MARTIN DBS-VB

VAUXHALL VX 4/9O AUSTII{-MORRIS 13OO GT AUSTII{ 1800 MK lls JENSEN INTERCEPTOR HILTMAN GT

II{]{ES IRELAND'S AOUATIC MABATHOII

DE 1.A ROUTE MASERATI MOMET{TS OF GLORY TOUR DE FRATCE REPORT

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AUTOGAR'S "BIG FOUR" SHOW NUMBERS 56

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SEEPAGE CAN ANY of us claim to have a clean garage flooror a drive that has not been stained by oil leaks from sump, gearbox or final drive? lt is perhaps one of the least pleasant accompaniments of the car that wherever it has stood it leaves its trademark-along kerbsides, in laybys and, least desirable of all, on the approaches to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. At these critical points the oil softens the road sudace, producing a slippery mixture at the very places where maximum grip may be needed under heavy braking for an emergency stop. ln each of our Long-Term Assessments we ask the professionals who check the cars for us to report on oil leaks. As often as not, they say "Oil leaks reasonableno action required".

It seems to us that no oil leak is acceptable. There is no technical reason why oil can not be contained within the various mechanical units. ln the Vintage days, designers relied on the use of oil-return scrolls, or Acme threads, which could continue to operate only when the component was rotating-and owners of Vintage cars know to their cost that parking on hills or on steep cambers can result in considerable leakage into brake-drums or clutch. But t[e use of spring-garter oil seals-universal for a number of years-should have prevented all leaks where shafts emerge from casings.

So far as the latest engines are concerned, we now have positive crankcase ventilation-as a consequence of which no crankcase fumes are discharged into the atmosphere; an efficient installation of this sort shouH result in a completely leak-free engine. Where gaskets are used on face-joints, it is merely a question of proper detail d€sign

-a sufficient number of retaining studs, for example- the use of suitable sealing materials and, in particular. careful assembly. Overtightening of pressed rocker covers and sumps may distort theYn locally and cause leaks.

It is significant that the degree of leakage can vary quite considerably between what are ostensibly identicat cars, suggesting that the trouble is owed to slipshod assembly-and that the remedy lies not so much in the hands of the designers as those who make, and subsequently who service, our cars.

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