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Bmw 318i leaking oil from back side of the engine

Hi,i have a bmw 318i from 2000,i noticed that it is leaking oil from the back of the engine,you can only realy seeit if you go under the car,if you look from the top you can t,it seemes to be quiet a lot,my orange oil light is coming on when i start the car but it goes away in a few seconds,dose anybody have any idea what it could be??many thanks in advance

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  • laur_8_8 Apr 17, 2009

    is that expensive to fix,is it a big job??thanks for the quik reply

  • laur_8_8 Apr 17, 2009

    i don t think is the valve cover as i said you can t see anything from the top what elese could it be behind there???

  • laur_8_8 Apr 17, 2009

    i ll see a mechanic after the weekend,i wonder if i put some of those oil aditives that are supposed to stop oil leaks,will it do it any good,ps i know the car when boughted hat to much oil in but did a oil service yesterday,so it is normal now,i only have the car since the other week,and do you think it would be more than 200 300£ to change that seal?

  • laur_8_8 Apr 17, 2009

    200 300 britihs pounds£ sterlig

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    those additives swell the seals of the engine, it may slow the leak for awhile then everything will start leaking. what is that in US green backs? u know the ones that have a picture of the guy who bested Corwallis

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    rear main seal, that is really big bucks

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    it is a big job and nothing is cheap to fix on a German car, it is there revenge for losing 2 wars.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the valve cover.



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