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Old 01-01-2016, 11:34 PM
Flash Master Flash Master is offline
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Oil drips from the doors?

I am not sure what is causing it, but I seem to have something that is like oil or tar that is dripping from somehwere inside of my driver door panel. I am thinking that maybe someone got heavy-handed with some kind of a substance on the interior that I'm just going to have to deal with for a while. However, cleaning it... I am not sure what is the best thing to use, because it is causing stains. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 01-02-2016, 01:38 AM
Johnz3mc Johnz3mc is offline
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It's a bit of a mystery for sure. I've never experienced anything even vaguely related to drippage from the door.

Tell us more though. How old is the car, is it parked inside or outside. Is the liquid like motor oil or something heavier or lighter? Dirty like used, old oil? Strange color? Leaking out the bottom of the door panel or from the sides or from someplace else?

Any closeup pics? What have you discovered about it's solubility so far?

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Old 01-02-2016, 06:24 AM
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Oil drips from the doors?

It is not uncommon. It is the rust-proofing sprayed inside the doors. What you see is an amber-colored seepage, correct? You will likely find it at the leading edge of the hood as well.

You can remove it with Goo-gone or adhesive remover. It is not a sign of a problem, just a nuisance to OCD-type individuals.
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:38 PM
RobOCNJ RobOCNJ is offline
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I had the same issue. I took delivery of my 428 in September. At first this issue was very noticeable but has since diminished. It was coming from the doors on both sides and from the trunk lid. I dry-washed the car today and didn't notice it at all. Not sure if it's because it has gotten colder here in NJ or if it's just going away on it's own. Regular washes removed it for me and there is no damage to the finish.
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:57 PM
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It will eventually go away after a few months and few washes. Annoying but it doesn't hurt anything.
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