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Where can I find underneath view of under hood of CD Vectra Auto?

2001/02 model just had 150k service Thursday (has 130 on clock). Have had no issues with any leaks or running. All filters changed etc. and wheels, brakes, cv joint etc. all checked. But not sure what is what by looking underneath... not looked underneath this car before. Found a small oil patch on concrete near right wheel yesterday; does not appear to be getting any worse; approx 2"(5cm) forwards of tyre, towards front of car It is too close to the ground for me to get under there, but I looked around and saw a small black dirty oil bit there; which looks old. The oil on ground looks clean. The master brake fluid sump is not near there; that is closer to the driver. Edit follow up: I have found the oil puddle to be some kind of oil; still remains after rigorous scrubbing. I took the car back to Holden and had a look under the vehicle myself and (between the 3 of us!) could not see any hint of anything leaking under there at all. Clean as, so the only other reason for the leak is if someone else must have parked in my spot while I was out. I shall try to remove the oily patch with a pressure cleaner later. Thank you for your input; much appreciated.

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The Haynes repair manuals usually provide an underside view of the engine compartment.

The oil spot you describe seems in an unlikely place, even if it is leaking from a brake component. Clearly the origin should be checked by someone qualified to do so, who can raise the car and look underneath safely.

If brake fluid is leaking out somewhere the level in the reservoir will be falling and that you should check. Standard brake fluid is glycol based and can easily be washed away by water so it should be simple to decide whether the new patch of a fluid is brake fluid or oil.

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Testimonial: "I shall check that oily patch as you suggested to see if oil or brake fluid. Thank you for your suggestion; I will definitely take car back to Holden too. The service bill came to $542AU and there was no sign of a leak before all fluids and gaskets etc. replaced. The brake fluid container is hard to read but appears to be ok."

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