Question about 1996 Volkswagen Jetta
Too lose so much oil indicates a considerable leak. Do not add anything as a magic quick fix! Put the car on a lift or ramp and inspect the transmission oil pan and engine underside. This will identify the source of the oil leak better than anything else. The gasket is the seal around the periphery of the oil pan to engine mating face. Also check the crank case pressure relief assembly on the back of the engine to ensure that it is free of leaks. If you have to remove the oil pan and replace the gasket take care on reseating the pan housing bolts....it can be easy to strip the threads by over tightening the bolts. If the threads have already been stripped previously by some mechanic using a air ratchet/torque wrench then check the length of the bolt sockets on the casing, it might be possible to insert longer bolts of the same diameter and thread pitch and use the remaining region of undamaged thread. The pan bolts should only be tightened lightly... just enough to ensure an oil tight seal with the soft gasket. Ensure that the oil drain plug also has its oil tight washer fitted.
Posted on Dec 29, 2010
It sounds like the sump gasket is leaking, this can happen over time and with a car of this age is not unusual, the gasket should cost no more than say £10 GBP and labour would be about 1 hour max.
Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 29, 2010
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