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Dripping oil when engine is running. Suspect an oil cooler problem but can't confirm if this model even has an oil cooler.

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Your car does not have an oil cooler. Check oil filter. Possibly Oil pump drive shaft o-ring leaking

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What if there's oil dripping from the oil cooler hose?There is oil dripping!


have to determine if the oil is coming from hose end or dripping from higher up like the valve cover or even from the oil pan. If you did some work in the area check there first. Otherwise check for bad or cracked hose or if it came loose from vibrations in the engine. I hope this helps solve the dripping.

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My car is a volkswagen passat diesel .there is oil in the coolant i was first told the head gasket had blowen. i have also been told it could be the oil cooler. the car is not over heating in fact the...


There is a very easy way to check the oil cooler for leaks.

Do this with the engine cool and be prepared to catch some coolant in a pan.

Remove the 2 coolant hoses from the oil cooler and attach them together using a 5/8 inch straight heater hose connector. You are bypassing the oil cooler temporarily. Wipe the oil cooler clean so you can clearly see any leaks develop.

Now run the engine and watch the oil cooler pipes (the ones you just removed the hoses from) carefully. If you begin to see oil seeping from the cooler pipes you've found your problem.

This might take a while to see so be patient and let the car run for at least 15 mins or more.

Don't worry about the cooler being disconnected while the car is running, but I do recommend reconnecting the cooler if you have to drive it even if you find it to be leaking.

If it is found to be leaking, you will need to replace the part and have your coolant flushed out properly to remove as much of the oil as possible from the system. Also change the engine oil at the same time, it is possible that coolant has gotten into the oil although it may not be obvious.

Good luck.

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