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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-15-2007, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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oil leaking

but it is not coming from the oil pan. It seems to be coming from somewhere closer to the front of the car. Anyone know of any places I should check first and what usually causes this problem?

I have over 170k on the car. (4.6l)
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-16-2007, 12:05 AM
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front top or front bottom?

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Oil filter adapter gasket.

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if its coming from near the power steering pump its probably the oil filter adapter gasket, if its coming from near the dampener it could be the timing cover seal

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It could just be the oil filter if it came loose over time.

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Given the season, I don't know if you can do this or not, but try washing the engine (underside as well). After a brief drive, it should be easy to locate the source of the leak if it's not one of the above suggested places.

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Yeah, it was really windy and cold today. I'm going to try and clean everything off tomorrow, as well as change the oil while i'm at it. This way I can make sure the oil filter is on tight. Hopefully it is something as simple as that. Thanks for everyones help so far. I'll let you know what i find out.
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Good luck; hope everything does work out that simple. Do you have a garage to work in or are you out in the weather?

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well kind of a garage...I just bought a house so half of it is filled with boxes still. But hopefully i'll be able to move a few things around and bring the bird in.
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Well i changed the oil today and the filter was on pretty tight. I took a towel and cleaned alot of the oil off of the underside, so hopefully this will help me locate where it is dripping from. I'll post back in a while.
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I would guess oil filter adapter gasket. Thats the one I need to replace. $7 from autozone.

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I vote adapter Gasket.

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+1 on the adapter gasket now that the oil filter has been ruled out!

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-19-2007, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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how do you tell if it is the gasket? There is oil leaking (not a lot), but I can't see where it is coming from.

Also, it looks like the tranny is dripping (red fluid around the seal underneath the car..about 2 drips every 4 hours)

All I want is for this car to last until I get my masters (one more year)...then on to an SUV!
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I had this exact same problem last week. I replaced the gasket and the problem was gone. It will cover the whole underside of the car in oil.

Replace it soon, also if your oil pressure is a little on the low side it gives a good hint.

If you don't replace it, on a cold start up oil will start peeing due to being thick.

When I started losing a quart a week I figured eh, time to change it. =)

Good luck, you can acess the adapter bolts by draining coolant, oil, and filter off. Also remove drivers side wheel and go through the wheel well with a 12in extension. Held on by 4 13mm.

Took me about 20mins tops for someone inexp.. about 1.5-2.0hrs.

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Ok...good to hear. I just did my o2 sensor today, so this will prob. have to wait another week or two. I'll just make sure the oil is full. Thanks for the help.
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