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Clear oil leak under engine just off center left, only after all night in garage not every day.

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If you are sure its not water --
It could be either berak fluid or power stearing fluid..
Please try to determine where it is coming from and start a new post..

Thank you ;o)

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Hi, my car is 52 plate ford fiesta finesse my heater is not working unless I rev the car for a while, and takes ALOT of coolant regularly what could be the problem? Also my dad just put a bit of coolant...

Hi Kara,

Get the oil changed. You don't want water or coolant mixed with the oil as it will turn the oil milky and is not supposed to be mixed with oil.

Since you're always adding coolant - it must be leaking somewhere. This is not good. Hopefully, it is just a leak from a hose or similar ($). Look at the ground where you park. If it is spotty with marks - it may be dripping over night. Park in an area that is clear of these marks - or slide a large piece of cardboard under the engine over night. That way you can see if you have a leak dripping on the ground or cardboard. If it is not showing up over night - it could be a bigger deal.

It could either be a leak thru a cracked engine block ($$$ - $$$$) or gasket ($$) into the engine oil (changing it out with fresh oil will tell you if it is leaking into the oil if it turns milky in color) or into one of the cylinders and is mixing with gas while the engine is running. When this happens, the water is super heated and appears as white smoke - but is really just steam - at the exhaust pipe.

This is going to cost a few bucks to fix - but it could also be a game changer as far as whether you fix the car and fix it or sell / trade for another depending on whats wrong and how much the car is worth.

Good luck!

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I find a few drops of oil on my garage floor every day

theres a number of places the oil could be comeing from oil pan gasket oil filter oil bolt front seal rear seal valve cover gasket as cars get older in time they begin to leak oil have it looked at by a trusted garage

Dec 16, 2011 | 2005 Ford Taurus

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Theres a smell of gear oil in the cab when driving.What could it be?

(1) motor oil only smells when its being burned.
(2) the output of the air ducts is in front of the gear shift area.
So, I'm thinking that you have an oil leak in the engine compartment (which may be dripping onto the exhaust system), and the oil has found a hot part of the engine/exhaust, and the smell of heated oil is wafting through the cabin air filter into the passenger compartment through the air ducts in the middle of the dash to just above the gear shift area.
If my theory is correct, you should be able to re-route the burned oil odor by changing the setting of your air ducts by changing the setting from its current setting to a "defrost-type" setting, wherein air entering the passenger compartment comes from the ducts below the windshield, rather then entering through the openings at the center of the console.
Ultimately, your fix will be to locate and resolve the oil leak.

Here's your list of possible culprits for the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect - Valve Cover Gasket -- Valve Cover Gasket Leaking Oil.
2 Inspect - Oil Filler Cap -- Oil Filler Cap Damaged or Missing.
3 Inspect - PCV Valve -- Plugged or Damaged PCV Valve.
4 Inspect - Oil Pan Gasket -- Leaking Oil Pan Gasket.
5 Inspect - Head Gasket -- Leaking Head Gasket.
6 Inspect - Oil Pump - divided O-ring or Oil Pump Gasket

If the odor really is gear oil (aka transmission fluid) and not motor oil, then there's a leak coming from the automatic transmission/manual transaxle.
Look under the transmission after the car has been parked awhile, and look for a reddish oil spot/blot/pool. transmission fluid is dyed red just for the purpose of differentiation from other automotive lubricants. You can assist the process of color differentiation by putting newspaper under the vehicle once it's been parked for the night.
Placing enough newspaper may also keep your Pathfinder from depositing a nearly-impossible-to-remove oil stain onto your garage floor overnight.
If you already have an oil stain on the floor, try a spray can of engine degreaser first. Citrus degreaser next.

Oct 20, 2011 | 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

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Oil leak ouring out when engine is running . no leak when not running. while facing the frony of car its on left side or passenger side of engine. what do you think.


This means there is leak somewhere. One or more worn out oil seal is the cause of the problem.

The engine has a lot oil seals which prevents oil from leaking.

First, you need to look under the car, to get the exact spot of the leakage.

Use a touch light so that you can see clearly. Clean under the engine that is stained with oil with a rag and observe where the oil is coming out from. So, when there is a fresh leak, you can get the exact spot. If there is no more oil in the car, put some.....

You said there is a card board under your engine; remove the card board to see clearing where the leaking is coming from.

Also, you asked if the engine has to come out; yes, the engine will come out. Though it might not be the whole engine. Part or the whole engine will come out, depending on where the leak is coming from. The leak is inside the engine, this is why is has to come out.

When you get the spot, you will have to bring out that part of the engine. Get a oil seal kit and do the replacement. This is no going to a easy task because it require a lot of man power. So you can call a friend to assist you.

But if this task is difficult for you, you might call a mechanic........

Below is what the oil seal and it replacement kit looks like;





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I checked my oil level cause the car said so,put a qt. in it then went to work and came bck home and said level is low cheched it and it was a qt. low.What cause this.

That's a lot of oil loss, And its not normal or maybe when you put the oil in maybe it needed 2 Qt then you put one and it still needed one or you might be leaking oil. Did you notice any leaks under your car when you park home ? Check for leaks because that's a lot of oil and the car wont burn that much from work to home, Is there any smoke coming from the tail pipe ?

Feb 12, 2011 | Cadillac Eldorado Cars & Trucks

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Where can I check for transmission leaks

If you put a cardboard under you car and let the car run for a while then you might find out where the oil is leaking form and also you can let it under the car over night and check it the day after to locate where it comes from because the only places that it could be coming from is the right side of the engine wish could be the oil pan gasket or behind the torque converter from the seal or form the axles seal. and also from the left side which still could be the oil pan gasket or from the shaft seal. Or in the meddle of the car which could be the drain Or the oil pan gasket. Good luck Bro

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My 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor is overheating, I noticed it last night when I turn the fan on to high heat the gauge will drop to a normal temperature. I checked the fluid level that?s ok, and opened the...


Lot of possible reasons. Some of them very stupid, even though I mention it here, sorry:

1. Thermostat regulating the cooling fluid flow - works correct?
2. Enough cooling fluid? Not leaking from somewhere?
3. Level of engine oil? Its quality? (If dirty or low oil, heat can not spreed into oil - oil is cooling subsatnce as well. If low oil level - you know what, engine is not lubricated etc.)
4. Water pump works correct? No pump, no water circulation.
5. Any dirt in the water circulation system? Piece of rock, shred of rag, maybe some sediments (can figure out only after disassembling the system = lot of garage work).

I had one friend who complained about his mazda MX3 quick overheating. My first question was, if there is cooling fluid and he told me "Of course!!! - I was in the garage yeasterday evening and fluid was refilled." The engine was hot and smoking badly after 3 mins of calm slow ride. Next day he called me with curious finding - there was no cooling fluid at all, was leaking out from the radiator. Thanks for contacting Fixya.

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Clear Oil leak on Mitsi Mirage 1989

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Oil leaking..

Sounds like your oil leak is finding hot exhaust manifold and smoking/smelling. Make sure the oil filler caps and breather hoses that connect to the valve cover (Top of Engine) are attached securely. Try and determine exactly where the oil leak originates [Valve covers - top side, oil pan - underneath, or shaft seals - front and rear of engine, or left and right ends with the sideways (transverse) engine mounting]. Also check oil level - a blown head gasket or cracked head or block could lose coolant into the oil reservoir, causing an overfilled and thus leaking situation... this will show up as a creamy looking substance on the dipstick. If the engine is not making any other signs of abnormality, strange knocks or clicks, overheating, or losing gross amounts of fluids, make sure it has enough oil in the crankcase and drive it to a reputable mechanic for a true evaluation of the problem.

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