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Old 06-28-2011, 10:25 PM   #21
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:30 PM   #22
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make sure that is not any other fluid (tranny or power steering)
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #23
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Taste it, and if its sweet, its your coolant, at that point stop worrying about the car and go to the emergency room as it is highly poisonous.

Seriously, you guys need to stop tasting fluids, its something so dumb that only a guy like me does it..
Maybe you should have the dog lick it, and it he keels over, then you know it's coolant. The cat would be better, but it's hard to get cats to do stuff right when you need it done.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:40 PM   #24
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Park it for the night, put a couple sheets of white paper under that leak, in the morning figure out what fluid you are leaking, and then
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:55 PM   #25
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Do you OFHG as in Oil Filter Housing Gasket or Ohmy Fcuking Holy Gawd?
the 1st one, and if it was a steering fluid leak you'd notice quick.....
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:01 AM   #26
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:25 AM   #27
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Delmarco,

Remove your intake box and if you oil filter housing looks like this:



Chances are it is the gasket. To give you an idea of how bad it was getting for me look below, this was after about two nights.





With some of the great DIYs I have seen you do this will be a cake walk for you.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:01 AM   #28
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That's a bad looking ofh leak above! If that's it, I think it makes sense to throw another $35-50 on the vanos oil line and four crush washers for it...the getting won't get any easier...if that's what it is.

Are you sure it's oil, btw? Not sure I asked that five or more times?

You'll forgive me for playing here in your thread, I hope. Bothers me that people don't read but the first post in a thread and then leap to the bottom. I know they're trying to help, but come on...read what came before...take notes if you need to!

It is easy, but just make sure you're awake and notice how the alt is put on and make sure it goes back securely...ask if you're doing this, I'll explain in more detail, but has to do with a little brass thing that can get pulled forward and interfere with alt returning home. Also, if you still have my number, you can talk through whatever, whenever. If you don't just PM me your number and mail your rear seat arm rest!

Finally, are you sure it's oil? Maybe a friend just spilled his Dr. Pepper there?
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The OP's pic doesn't look like oil leak. Maybe coolant?
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The OP's pic doesn't look like oil leak. Maybe coolant?
it got worse:

and now I don't think it is oil check under the car and I can't even see any leakage or smears whatever this is it is pouring out the engine bay in spurts and then stops.



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The OP's pic doesn't look like oil leak. Maybe coolant?
it got worse:

and now I don't think it is oil. I checked under the car and I can't even see any leakage or smears whatever this is it is pouring out the engine bay in spurts and then stops.



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Old 06-29-2011, 01:28 PM   #32
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This is definitely not oil. Either coolant or just water from washer reservoir. Or, if you idled for a long time with A/C on it might be just condensed water from your a/c.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:30 PM   #33
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Kind of a simple idea but have you checked the windshield washer fluid? I know when my pump / grommet was going bad it would just dump a lot of fluid randomly.

Like I said simple but Occam's razor could apply.
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Kind of a simple idea but have you checked the windshield washer fluid? I know when my pump / grommet was going bad it would just dump a lot of fluid randomly.

Like I said simple but Occam's razor could apply.
Yeah I went thru that washer fluid pump drama around the same time last summer. It is not that. washer fluid leaks way over on the passengerside and even then when it leaked from my car it wasn't even this much and it dried almost instantaneously.

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This is definitely not oil. Either coolant or just water from washer reservoir. Or, if you idled for a long time with A/C on it might be just condensed water from your a/c.
I really hope it is not coolant - because that would also mean my coolant is the wrong color or mixed with oil. I used the AC yesterday but water would have dried from me parking last night to this morning.

Power steering tank seems full and okay unless it is leaking from one of the lower lines.
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Well, you pics suck then, since I don't see any oil on the ground.
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ps fluid is red/brown.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:11 PM   #38
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Our PS system only holds a quart or two so you would know immedietly if that was leaking. I'd bet money on your Oil filter housing gasket or maybe even your CVV. The A/C shouldn't cause that much water to pool up, unless you were idling for a long time. But it is possible for it to be coolant.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:49 PM   #39
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has trans fluid been dismissed yet? Its the only fluid that can't be checked, and if it is leaking that bad could be catastrophic to the trans to keep driving it. Check around the lines going into the radiator(If this car is so equipped) and also check the radiator.

Sorry can't be more specific I don't have an auto transmission.
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After seeing the pics on my computer I believe that its your Transmission thernostat thats bad AND/OR the plate that attaches it to the rad and your exp tank.

I may be wrong, but thats my guess in the guessing game.
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