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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:58 PM
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Oil leak under the car

Yesterday I noticed an oil leak under the car. I have never seen any dripped on the gound. The oil has dripped on to some parts. I am attaching couple of pictures.
Its on the front driver side under engine.

How do I locate the leak source ?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:04 PM
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you should start off by getting under there and clean everything you can. spotless. get some degreaser, spray it on there, and rinse it off. then drive around for a day or two then get back under and check.

personally, looks like a powersteering hose issue
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:00 AM
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I also say power steering. The two rubber hoses from under the reservoir. They are known to leak after 6-7 years.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:51 AM
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id say power steering too degrease and jet wash all the crap off but most certainly the power steer hoses check fluid level common leak on these
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:20 PM
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really hard to see with all the crude...clean with degreaser and rinse+ wipe with rag and repeat...do not do it on lawn or drive-way..will kill lawn and stain drive-way..do it on street...pictures are of power steering area....loose cap or bad hose or clamps.. have friend turn wheel at full lock and hold...and look for leaks?
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:06 PM
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if it makes you feel any better, the bottom of your engine looks ten times better than mine.
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