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help me identify my oil leak

I am guessing it's just one leak that runs down to two different spots and drips down. It doesn't leak too much... maybe a quart every month or 5 weeks... but I would still like to know what i am dealing with




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most likely rear main seal
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could be three sources.

1. oil pan gasket in rear of engine
2. rear main seal
3. clutch slave cylinder, i doubt it.

most likely rear seal.

if your clutch is still good, don't worry about it.

change it when you have the clutch done.
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clutch was already replaced, about 6 months ago... not gonna be replaced anytime soon!!! Slave and Master were both replaced at the same time.

So are you saying just live with the cost of a quart every month or so? If this is more cost-effective, I'm game.
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rear main, oil pan gasket or upper rear balance shaft seal, Check em
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most likely the rear main. Its dripping from the starter, which means it could be dripping down inside the bellhousing...or blowing back on it. Check the bolts around the rear of the pan too...


My motor had a small leak that dripped down the back of the oil pan...it was the rear main, but after pulling the flywheel off when doing the clutch, the seal was brand new (heck the entire motor was rebuilt so everything is new). I wiped it down and I havent seen it since. I started using Porsche OE Oil filters and the mess that I was getting from there is gone (yet its still all over the underside of the car..)
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$4 a quart of synthetic x 12 months, $48 a year.
Clutch should last say 60k miles, 10k per year, that's 6 years,
total oil consumption over 6 yrs, $288 excluding fear of running low on oil.
Clutch job, $700 labor. assuming clutch parts are fairly new.
It's your call.

If it was mine, I'll change it 'coz I do all the work and have all the tools.
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FR beat me to the punch.
My dog is salivating looking at the pictures!
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Thats not wedged under the car its just in the back ground, look at the tenis ball, if it was wedge under the wheel it wouldnt be round like it is
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Re: Re: help me identify my oil leak

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You have a tennis ball and a brick wedged under the tire. Care to explain?
haha ummmm no... that tennis ball and brick are about 4 feet beyond the other side of the car... just deep focus on my camera, i guess?

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