I bought this car yesterday, and while I noticed it was leaking around the engine when I test drove it, it was hard to see how much (it got dark towards the end of my test drive). The car felt really good so I bought it.
Today I drove it to the post office, about 6 miles round trip. I put it in my driveway with a flattened box under it in order to keep any leaks off of my driveway.
I see that I am getting about 4 quarter sized drops after half an hour of sitting there (my guess is it stops now that the engine isn't slinging hot oil around).
My old scooters seem to leak as much (but with one drip rather than 4), and they do just fine. For a 900 of this age, how much is too much? Is there a common problem that I can look for?
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Re: oil leak--how bad is bad?
Hi considering age of car? this oil dripping may be something simple like sump drain plug sealing washer or oil filter seeps? or a seal or gasket leak amongst just a few probabilities? but appreciate oil leaks are not wanted so may i offer this advice ? if you have access to local valeting depot? ask them if they could steam clean your engine and suspension beneath engine? this will not be too expensive and you will/may be able to discover source of leak hopefully? this may not necessarily be a leak of engine oil so check p/steer level too? if you do as suggested above ? and you update on this board as to what y /where leak is from? would be glad to advise further on remedy and if you can diy saving $$$$s in garage costs ? hope this helps and inspires you ? please keep updated ?
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One way to test for sure if there is antifreeze in your oil (and avoiding ingesting poisonous ethylene gylcol) is by placing a drop of oil on a hot exhaust manifold. If it boils, there is a antifreeze leak. Similarly, if you can light the oil on fire with a hand lighter, there is a gas leak as well. If you find antifreeze, you can try using a florescent dye to track the leak to its source.
thats due to low or no coolant, you shouldnt drive this overheating engine damage will occur,the first thing is to fill the radiator up, and look around for any leaks, if no leaks are seen, then start engine and allow it to warm up, leave cap off at first to top off coolant, after a few minutes install cap and let it run, keep an eye on the temp gauge and also watch for leaks. this problem is due to a coolant leak,maybe a hose is bad or it was low on coolant or you have a bad thermostat, good day.
When changing the oil it is important to wet the sealing o-ring with oil before screwing it on. Tighten the filter 3/4 turns after the seal touches the engine. Most oil filters have clear installation instructions on the box or actual filter. Look carefully , if your oil filter is leaking, Take off the leaking filter and replace it with a new one. Top up the engine oil as needed.
You may want to remove the new filter and then check to see if the gasket from the old filter that you removed is still in place in the filter head.This is easy to miss when replacing the filter and the "o"ring or rubber gasket that stuck to the filter head will keep the new filter from sealing.Also you may want to check the pcv valve,it goes is located in the valve cover and it's job is to get rid of pressure in the base of the engine,if it's not working you may also leak oil.Let me know how you make out.
HI. This issue has many causes. i will list the most common causes below.
Coolant consumption::: Possible causes______
1. Check the head gaskets. The gasket may be leaking. 2. Check The Intake Manifold Gasket. This gasket may be leaking, worn, or damaged 3. Check the cylinder head for worn or scorn cylinder block.(This will require total breakdown of the engine)
4. Check the water pump seal for leaks as well.
Now that we have covered the basic check points for coolant consumption, i would advise to concentrate on the head gaskets if there are no apparent leaks on or around the engine itself. If the head gaskets are worn, the leak can be introduced to the engine internally, causing the engine to burn off the coolant. this is noticeable by removing the oil cap, after a hard drive. you Will notice steam that will escape the head as soon as you remove the cap. If this is the case, your problem will be with a failed head gasket.
IN a severe case, you will notice white plums of smoke escaping from the tail pipe during acceleration.
It looks like you drove your car with no oil in your engine, unfortunately you should have stopped the moment you started to hear the "rapping noise" since you could have severely damaged your engine. If the noise continues even if you have a normal oil reading you most likely would have to overhaul your engine since by driving it oil dry several parts may have resulted damaged.