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Old 08-04-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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help with oil leak.

This leak has been bothering me for a while now. It seems to be coming from somewhere underneath the car. Olus I can smell burnt oil after I park the car.I followed the oil leak thread, and I don't think it's the valve cover gasket as I don't see any oil on the top of the engine bay anywhere. I don't if it's the oil filter housing gasket. I took a quick pic today. Thanks

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Old 08-04-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Clean it all off with brake Cleaner. And a rub down with a cloth. Or an air gun. And then run the engine for 20 mins and check to see where the oil leak is coming from. My ofhg just lost it. And oil coated from that point all the way back to the transmission

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Old 08-04-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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You need to get underneath, and as jimmy111 said, get the engine block clean, on both sides. Two possibilities are the oil filter housing gasket, in which case there are leaks on the drivers side of the engine, or it could be the oil pan gasket, which may leak on both sides of the engine. I had a leak and thought it was the OFHG, replaced it, and it turned out to be the oil pan gasket!
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:13 AM   #4
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You need to get underneath, and as jimmy111 said, get the engine block clean, on both sides. Two possibilities are the oil filter housing gasket, in which case there are leaks on the drivers side of the engine, or it could be the oil pan gasket, which may leak on both sides of the engine. I had a leak and thought it was the OFHG, replaced it, and it turned out to be the oil pan gasket!
I will probably let a mechanic check it out. the leak is like a trail. it start leaking heavily right below the engine and runs smaller through almost the whole length of the car.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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I will probably let a mechanic check it out. the leak is like a trail. it start leaking heavily right below the engine and runs smaller through almost the whole length of the car.
Car in the shop now as we speak had the same issue mine was the Oil filter housing gasket and rear main seal.
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