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I have an oil leak coming from above the alternator. I have cleaned the engine and I cannot find a leak from above.

The leak have been there for several years, But now it is getting worse and I want to sell it. It has 150k. I used as sealant but that did not help.

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Thats low miles-with care u can do twice that--a pro shop will do a leak test--cud be just valve cover gaskets--use of 40wt oil or a thickener sloes it down--------thats a classic car--new stuf has too much computercrap

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I see oil leaked everywhere including all over the alternator..were do you think its coming from?

4down vote First job is to refill the engine with oil. Check for the correct oil in your vehicles hand book or ask at your local parts counter. Check with the vehicles owner for a history of any oil leaks. Do not start or drive the vehicle without oil. Check for the oil filler cap having been replaced correctly. Check that the PCV hoses are in place and in good condition. The PCV system vents the engine and if it is not in good working order the engine crankcase will become pressurised and force oil out of seals and joints. If the oil comes into contact with rotating parts it will be flung around the engine compartment leaving the mess you describe. With oil replaced in the engine, being mindful of rotating parts, run the engine and look for a leak. Steam cleaning is the ideal way to clean up the mess, but you can use an aerosol can of brake cleaner on a cold turned off engine, together with rags or paper towels. Hot parts could ignite the brake cleaner, but it does evaporate very quickly.
7down vote If oil drips on a pulley or a belt then the rotation of those objects could sling the oil everywhere, even as high as the bottom of the hood. Most likely an oil leak would have to be above these components and a good guess would be through something like a failed valve cover gasket.
Another possibility is that it is leaking near the front of the car from (oil cooler line, for example) and the wind from driving and the radiator fan could be blowing the oil to a variety of places, but I feel this is less likely to make it to the hood in any significant quantity.
If the oil is leaking this badly then you might be able to start the car (make sure you fill it back up with oil before you start it again) and see if you can watch and see the oil dripping.
Just to be clear, don't drive it when the oil is empty otherwise you will create bigger problems then an oil leak. If you absolutely have to drive it before fixing it, then fill it will oil and check the level frequently to make sure it doesn't get to empty before your final destination.

I would also suggest that you clean the excess oil off before re-filling. Once you've refilled the engine with oil let the car sit for a couple hours and do a visual inspection to see if oil is leaking again and if so, from where. That will help immensely with troubleshooting.

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I have found oil in my spark plug well (cups). cy 1

The oil will be originating higher up on the motor. Most likely you have an oil leak in the Cam cover gasket and some of the oil is running down and pooling in the spark plug cavity. Cam cover gaskets often need to be replaced periodically in any event and you do have a 14 yo car. It is difficult to be certain without inspecting your engine but that is where I would look first. Just carefully soak up the oil in the cavity with some paper towel and cloths. (If the cam cover gasket has been replaced previously you may get a leak eventually because they are often not tightened evenly at the correct torque setting or are over tightened and the cover can distort and the gasket can be over compressed).

Once you have cleaned up the oil around the S/plug , if you then clean the engine around that area and above it thoroughly you may be able to spot the source of the oil leak once the new oil starts running out. Just tip a small amount of kerosene or degreaser on your cleaning cloths and work around the engine with the dampened cloths to remove oil and grime. Then inspect the engine after a few hours of running and see if you can see where the oil is coming from.

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Oil leaking above filter could it be oil sending unit

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My 2000 Jetta 2.0 is visibly leaking oil from above the oil cooler when the engine is running. Is it most likely the seal or could there be something else above the cooler that could be leaking?

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