Ok so i went back to the place that did it, and sure enough, its not what they worked on. They actually let me go down under the car and take a look. They said they are 200% sure its engine oil, and pretty sure its the main gasket connecting the engine to the tranny...or something around that area. Its coming from the drivers side of the engine, right about the axle area but not on the top of the engine. I was wondering if it could be power steering fluid too since i dont have pentosin in there(it never has had it except from factory, not my fault!). Anyway thats what is dripping on my exhaust, and man the oil is everywhere, thats why they thought it was the driveaxle or whatever.
So what could it be, that main gasket they talked about, or something else? Im about to hopefully get its fully tuned up timing belt etc at the dealership, can it wait until then or is it something super serious? leaks about half a quart a week or two.
03-16-2005, 02:02 AM
If it's leaking "half a quart", where are you checking that you see it "half a quart" low? If it's powere steering fluid, wouldn't you see it "half a quart " low in the container?
03-16-2005, 04:32 AM
to really confirm it. As CARSNPLANES said, does the loss show up on your oil dip stick, or is it showing up as a loss in your P/S (Pentosin) reservoir.
If you have that much of a loss, you must have a lot of oil in your engine bay. Suggest you clean up the engine bay, so you can better see the source of the leak. Suggest using liquid dish washing detergent, squirt the contents of a full bottle onto the oily area, let it soak in for a half hour, then wash off with a garden hose. Let it dry, then start the motor to inspect for the oil or P/S fluid leak. Once clean, it is a lot easier to find the leak................Rooster
Also, if it is a leaking rear main seal, it will cost about $700 to repair. I recently had that quote.
03-16-2005, 04:36 AM
The only "gasket" that connects the engine to the transmission is the rear crankshaft oil seal. To replace this will require that the transmission be removed (approx 10 hours to do).
You could also be leaking ps fluid from the rack. This is also another 8-10 hours to replace.
If you do decide to replace the rear crakshaft oil seal have then inspect the rack. The rack is so much easier to replace once the transmission is removed, might save you a couple of buck on labor time.
For the engine you could also try using some seal conditioner and see if this will stop the leak.
Replacing the timing belt, theromstat, waterpump, idle wheels and the guard plate by the dealership will be over $1800. The job takes anywhere between 8-12 hours.
03-16-2005, 10:39 AM
the oil pressure senders just above the oil pan on drivers side of engine, just below #3 cylinder.
03-16-2005, 09:21 PM
Well i was going to do a tune up, but things fell through, so it will have to wait. I am thinking it is power steering fluid now because my steering is getting splotchy, and feels like the thing is out of fluid. The problem is however, its not coming from the part i had replaced when it first was leaking PS fluid. And i only have regular power steering fluid in there, not pentosin. Was gonna have it flushed out when i did a tune up.
Anyway im wondering what could be in that area such as the PS pump perhaps? When i say half a quart low, im talking about on the engine oil dipstick. I need to power wash the bottom of the car, but as you can imagine, that isnt going to be easy. And the oil is EVERYWHERE on the drivers side almost right about the driveshaft i think is what the oil guy said.
So some say it might be the PS, others think its the main seal?
I dont lose any oil pressure, and there is no odd operating times, except now i notice the steering is getting odd, and the fluid thing had to be refilled yesterday...its low again already...