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Old 09-10-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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My dirty leaky car(not fanatic safe)

Be brutal. Some background: I've had this car about a month. Maybe driven it 100 miles in that month. 65 of it was getting it home.

Ideas on how such a beautiful car can be so dirty. Dirt in unsuspecting places

Should I replace the access panel for the oil drain plug? Not a priority right now but Where can I get one from?

Ideas on leaks, Can the VCG provide enough oil to wet the trans like that? I know it's leaking just not exactly at the top of my to do list.

What the pink stuff on my disk brake and hub?

Makes my little mechanic heart hurt but it's in better hands now.

And is that corrosion on the temp sensor OR some kind of lubricant/sealant. Regardless the cooling system as been replaced. I can't call it a refresh, outside of the engine everything else is replaced.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:26 AM   #2
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My dirty leaky car(not fanatic safe)

Vcg, oil separator gasket and rear main seal are the most likely for your leaks. Don't worry about the pink stuff, probably anti-seize.


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Old 09-10-2013, 07:37 AM   #3
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Re: My dirty leaky car(not fanatic safe)

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Is that the gasket between the oil filter housing and the head/engine?

That gasket is on my list but I didn't expect to find this when I prioritized, budgeted, and ordered parts.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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8th picture, that could be oil on the exhaust pipe, should produce a "nice" smell inside the cabin plus some smoke. Can be caused by leaking valve cover gasket
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