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#1 2020-05-09 20:42:51

Registered: 2020-05-09
User Number: 46895
Posts: 1

Oil Leak Source?

New guy here. I am by no means an advanced mechanic, but have some decent knowledge.

Bought the '05 9-2x 2.5i linear (so EJ253) about 6 months ago, so I'm unsure of the work that has been done to the car. Overall, it runs really well. Roughly 140k miles on it currently. Had the car up on jack stands to inspect my brakes (pads are in need of changing) where I noticed oil all over the lower portion of the engine. Timing belt is bone dry, engine not burning oil at all. The accumulation of oil is primarily around the oil pan (which I cleaned up a bit), especially around the rearward portion of the pan and behind it. Oil is also making its way on to the transmission case, where it seems to be less "caked" and more oily, in addition to some areas in front of the pan as well. I'm hoping its not a rear main seal. Oil pan seal? Something else?

Here's a few pics:

Any help is appreciated, thx!

Last edited by Alpha_Hotel_89 (2020-05-09 20:45:41)



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#2 2020-05-10 11:22:39

Potato, Patreason...
From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
User Number: 5779
Posts: 2574

Re: Oil Leak Source?

Oil cooler is a suspect, if Linears have one.

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#3 2020-05-10 16:26:42

Headroom is overrated...
From: Kennesaw, GA
Registered: 2005-06-16
User Number: 247
Posts: 3301

Re: Oil Leak Source?

Leaky valve covers are common also

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#4 2020-05-16 12:15:44

Mmmmmmm Scooby!
From: Transfer, Pa
Registered: 2011-01-31
User Number: 5179
Posts: 305

Re: Oil Leak Source?

So are seeping head gaskets  neutral

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