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Oil leak, between and forward of the axel line

I noticed an accumulation of oil drops on the garage floor. I placed a piece of cardboard on the garage floor, not only to protect the floor, but also to help locate the source of the oil leak, tho not a reliable identifier. Minus the road grime, all visible bolts are true and tight. Losing 1 qt of oil every 6-8 weeks.

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  • dd89kt9194 May 12, 2009

    To the passenger side of vehicle center, forward of the front axel line.The

  • dd89kt9194 May 12, 2009

    Continued.....undercarriage of the engine is oil soaked, more than what I consider just road grime.

  • dd89kt9194 May 12, 2009

    I will make an attempt to tighten the oil filter to see if it is loose.



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If the problem started right out of the blue, it might be wise to check the oil filter. Some times when turning the filter on a small leak in the canister can happen. Where did the oil land on the cardboard?

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  • MikeWhit May 15, 2009

    Most likely cause is a valve cover gasket. Even a small,discreet crack can send a large amount of oil down the front of the engine and coat the under side. Other causes (tho unlikely) may be A loose oil filler tube or bad seal on the dipstick. Or it may be a leaking power steering reservoir, the fluid may be power steering fluid. A leak can fall into the idler on the serpentine belt and would be thrown down in that general area. These are both unlikely but should be glanced at.



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