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Old 11-01-2004, 07:28 PM
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Oil Leak under the drivers side of the car??

Ok so I changed my control arm bushings tonight, actually it was a pretty easy job. When I pulled down the skid plate underneath I noticed some oil on a few parts on the drivers side closer to the front. Here are a few pics, I dont think this is normal, what around that side could be causing it. Its not enough that it ever dripped around the skid plate onto the floor of the garage because that is always clean. Help lol!!!
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Old 11-02-2004, 06:13 AM
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Oil from leaks tends to travel & spread out away from the leak. The best way would be to clean the area thoroughly with something like Castrol degreaser, then monitor it over the next few days to determine the source of the leak. Check the tightness of all your oilpan bolts, but don`t over-torque them.

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Old 11-02-2004, 06:39 AM
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Thanks bob, its definetly not enough that my oil level is low, but it does worry me a bit.
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Old 11-02-2004, 09:54 PM
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staszek, looks like power steering hose leaks. Don't mess with your oil pan! Very common on E46 cars, especially when you get a bit of mileage on them. The hose going from the fluid tank to the pump (the one that is wet in your pic) is notorious for leaking. I'm not a fan of the factory style hose clamps on the ps hoses. You might be able to get away with cutting off the clamps and installing new ones. Replacing the hose and clamps is a better choice. I also noticed signs of oil leakage near the radiator drain plug. There are 2 hoses that run to the cooler (one from the fluid tank, one from the rack). One of these are probably seeping also. You might want to look at replacing the leaking hose and o-rings. definitly clean off the area (brake cleaner is my friend ) , and see what hoses are leaking. it is not uncommon to see several of these hoses leaking. Good luck.
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:27 AM
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staszek, looks like power steering hose leaks. Don't mess with your oil pan! Very common on E46 cars, especially when you get a bit of mileage on them. The hose going from the fluid tank to the pump (the one that is wet in your pic) is notorious for leaking. I'm not a fan of the factory style hose clamps on the ps hoses. You might be able to get away with cutting off the clamps and installing new ones. Replacing the hose and clamps is a better choice. I also noticed signs of oil leakage near the radiator drain plug. There are 2 hoses that run to the cooler (one from the fluid tank, one from the rack). One of these are probably seeping also. You might want to look at replacing the leaking hose and o-rings. definitly clean off the area (brake cleaner is my friend ) , and see what hoses are leaking. it is not uncommon to see several of these hoses leaking. Good luck.

Great thanks alot!! I had someone else tell me the same thing as you about the power steering hose. I have to get it up on a rack and get to work looking around. Thanks again for all the help! My Bentley manual comes in tomorrow so that will help a bit!

PS: the car has 108k on it!! Still runs great though!
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