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#1 master_warning

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 03:11 PM

Hi everyone,

 

So I'd planned on changing the oil in my fiesta this afternoon - up until now it's been serviced at a garage, last one was about 9mths ago.  

 

Lowered the engine under-tray to get at the sump and found this... pics attached.  Keen to get opinions on how serious this is and best course of action to take.  I'm guessing clean all the areas up and monitor for if/where there is a leak?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

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#2 btmaldon

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 04:40 PM

It looks like the crankshaft seal has gone. I hope it isn't as its on the gearbox end by looks of it. Your garage have probably over filled it and the pressure has pushed through the seal.



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for the reply - though it doesn't sound like good news.  I think I'd better book it into the garage (albeit a different one!) to get it checked out   :(



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 04:56 PM

Well to me I would not worry. It's not drippingvto the point your loosing oil is it? If not don't worry because you will always have oil around your gearbox

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:04 AM

Thanks mixmasterlooney - it was serviced about 10 months ago, and I haven't topped up the oil since (though I know I really should've planned on doing an oil change after 6 months).  Looking at the dipstick, it looks to be up to the lower third of the scale so I don't know whether that would be considered excess oil use that would suggest a proper leak or just normal?



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:38 AM

Well to me I would not worry. It's not drippingvto the point your loosing oil is it? If not don't worry because you will always have oil around your gearbox

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Why would you always have oil around the gearbox?



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:53 PM

 
Why would you always have oil around the gearbox?


Usually from oil leaked out from the drain plug whilst changing the oil it self that stuff doesn't just wash it stays there

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:44 PM

Hi Folks

 

Whatever peoples opinions are,

 

That needs rectifying.

 

There should be no oil leaks on a modern car.

 

None

 

I own a 1974 mg midget (1275) and believe it or not that doesent leak a drop (yes there is oil in it)

 

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:02 PM

Usually from oil leaked out from the drain plug whilst changing the oil it self that stuff doesn't just wash it stays there

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even so, it has no need to go onto the gear box, as the drain plug should be at the rear of the sump??? so why would it blow forward?



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:07 PM

could just be a case of replacing the sump gasket.......



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:21 PM

+1 for the sump gasket.

Wouldn't imagen it being the sump plug washer as it's at the rear or the sump.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:20 PM

Looking at the first pic the sump gasket does seem more likely from the pattern but the oil isn't excessively wet to suggest a constant leak. I could very well be wrong and it could be a more serious problem

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:58 PM

Hey

 

If your blood was dripping from your arm would you get it fixed,, Oil leaks are the same, Oil is the blood of an engine !!!

 

Jamie



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:31 PM

if you cut ur self u put a plaster on it to cover it up....   with ur oil leak, put some gunk on it to cover it up...... both stop leakage... same scenario 

 

it does need fixing asap granted... tbh the op should realize this and get her done....



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:27 PM

Thanks for the opinions folks - will be calling a garage tomorrow to get it checked out rather than risking it. Will let you know what they say...


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