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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.
Put the car on a lift or jacks. Since it has low clearnance you will need lower jacks or use a ramp.
Remove the oil cap and the oil filter. You may need a strap wrench if the oil filter is too tight to come off by hand.
Look for trap door under the metal cover underneath the car. Open the trap door and you will have access to the oil pan drain bolt.
Use 17mm socket to remove the drain bolt and catch oil into a basin.
Remove the oil filter from the oil cap housing. YOu will also have to remove a large and small oil ring as well as a washer. The new filter will come with those. The oil rings must go into the groove to prevent oil from leaking. The filter goes on the cap housing. The washer that comes with the oil filter goes with the drain plug. Take off the old washer drain plug and put on the new washer drain plug and drain bolt once all oil has poured out.
Ratchet in drain bolt and close the trap door. Put on oil filter by hand. Put in 7 quarts of 5w-30 oil. Check with the dipstick as you get to the last half quart.
Replace oil cap, start engine, and check for any indications of leaks.
HI, the best thing to ensure the right choice of repair is to look under the vehicle and inspect the oil pan and plug. you will notice on site where the leak is during this inspection. Considering the miles on this vehicle, the oil consumption is quite normal. you will have to replace the valve seal and rings soon. most oil consumption will occur around the 90-100,000 mile mark. Most likely, this oil leak will be coming from the oil pan itself but, it always good to inspect it before you buy new parts.
Washers normally don't have much grease in them at all....the
transmission is full of oil....which on GE washers often gets dumped
onto the floor.Remove power, tilt the washer back and check on/around/near the large
center pulley under the tranny....often the belt and pulley throw the
oil around inside the cabinet. Some of the oils they use are a synthetic oil....acts a little diff
than some other oils....sometimes if water gets into the tranny the oil
can change foamy or black due to the moisture.