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Leak from Left Side cover

Planning on doing the engine tilt procedure to hopefully correct a leak from the generator cover. It is a new gasket, so not sure what the problem is. Could I use the old trick of cutting a piece of cereal box in that section of the cover, or would that be a no-go?
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I'd be more optimistic cutting the whole gasket from a sheet of actual gasket material. Do you mean using the cardboard to replace a small section of gasket? That's a tedious job to do twice. Cereal box probably isn't very oil resistant.

The gasket was $10 on ebay a while back. I traced the new one onto a piece of card paper in case I ever needed to make one, like if I was in a hurry.

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Not positive that it's the gasket, but it seeps and drips on to the floor from in between the generator cover and the transmission cover. I just was hoping to patch it up instead of buying a new gasket.

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I'd be more optimistic cutting the whole gasket from a sheet of actual gasket material. Do you mean using the cardboard to replace a small section of gasket? That's a tedious job to do twice. Cereal box probably isn't very oil resistant.

The gasket was $10 on ebay a while back. I traced the new one onto a piece of card paper in case I ever needed to make one, like if I was in a hurry.

Are you sure it's the gasket?
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Not positive that it's the gasket, but it seeps and drips on to the floor from in between the generator cover and the transmission cover. I just was hoping to patch it up instead of buying a new gasket.

Check for oil on the shifter shaft, a bad shaft seal. Can change that without pulling the cover.

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Check for oil on the shifter shaft, a bad shaft seal. Can change that without pulling the cover.
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an oil slick on the bottom of the left side of engine can be caused by the same shift shaft seal

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Why would you want to make a gasket? The oem gasket is readily available, part #11060A

https://www.cheapcycleparts.com/oemp...engine-cover-s

Before pulling the engine, I would first make sure the cover retainer bolts (I believe they are 8mm) are tight. They can all be reached with an 8mm end wrench with the engine in the frame.

When I replaced my stator a few years ago, I used this stuff on the cover gasket, and never had any problems with leaks. https://www.walmart.com/ip/seort/146...906d1ea072d542

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I believe there are orings for the screws on that cover. I had a problem with those.
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