Rear Camshaft seal.
Never had to replace one, but I imagine it just presses (force) in place.
"TomR" wrote in message
I have an oil leak that just started today on my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe V-6
3.5L engine. I took the engine cover off and I found that the oil is
leaking out around a black plastic cap that I think covers the end of a
valve camshaft. I am not sure if "camshaft" is the right term, but here are
In the first photo, the black plastic cap is in the center of the photo and
is on the end of the valve cover for that half of the engine. The plastic
cap was partially popped out. I pushed it back in and started the engine
again and the plastic cap popped back out again.
The second photo is with the black plastic cap all the way out and I placed
it on top of the valve cover to show what it looks like.
The third photo is just a closer look into the opening where the oil is
leaking out. In that view, with the engine running, I can see the camshaft
turning and oil leaking out.
Do I have the right term? -- is it called a camshaft?
What is the fix for this? I am assuming that it is some kind of bad seal
that goes around the end of the camshaft. If so, is that something that
maybe I could fix if I take the valve cover off? Or, if not me, would it be
a big job for an auto shop or dealer to fix?
Is there any chance that there is some way to replace just the black plastic
cap in a way that would keep the oil from leaking out of the engine without
having to replace the seal on the camshaft?
Any info or clues about this would be appreciated.