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Old 08-31-2004, 07:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I just left work this morning and was looking at my car and noticed that my front left wheel well is full of oil. It must be spraying out somewhere in there because the bottom of my oil pan is dry and so is the area around the oil filter.
Could I have blown a line somewhere ?? My oil pressure was running at the normal level and I topped it up before I drove 3000 meters and parked the car at my parents. Its spraying so bad that oil is coming out between the quater panels on the front of the car.


Any help with diagnosing this problem would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance to anyone who takes a moment to help me out.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Oil in the wheel well??????

drivers side?
oil cooler lines <- most likely
oil cooler
oil filter - had one squese out the side once.

those are the most common

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Yes it was my drivers side.
I ran my hand around the oil filter and it was dry. But the oil cooler lines and oil cooler are both good ideas. It was just the amount of spray coming out that amazed me. To have oil coming out from between body panels is something I have never seen before. Thanks for the ideas. My mechanics is still closed right now, so I can't even call him yet. I hope it just looks worse than it actually is.
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Is it oil or grease? If a CV joint boot split open it would spray grease around the whole wheel well.

...or you could have developed an intercooler boost leak and you're blowing out oil that has collected.
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Is it oil or grease? If a CV joint boot split open it would spray grease around the whole wheel well.
Would be my first guess.

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Old 08-31-2004, 08:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Oil in the wheel well??????

Are you sure its not brake fluid? It happened to me, my front driver's side wheel was full of "oil" and i have aftermarket rims and the paint started to flake off. And i know that brake fluid eats paint. If you have stock rims it wont do anything to the rims, but check the brake lines by the wheel, for any fluid leaking. All i did was tighten the brake lines and it solved my problem
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Is it oil or grease? If a CV joint boot split open it would spray grease around the whole wheel well.

...or you could have developed an intercooler boost leak and you're blowing out oil that has collected.

Im 95% sure it was motor oil. It smelt like oil. My oil level was low in. There is also oil behind the wheel well moulding on the bar the is below the belt area.(Can't remember its name but looks like frame bar). There is however no visible oil on the actual belts. I'm just very scared right now.

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Default Re: Oil in the wheel well??????

If it's dripping and mostly in the rear half of the wheel well, it could also be a leak in the AWS Power Steering Reservoir hoses on the bottom. Check your level. It's the black thing next to your cruise control box with a wire in the cap. The fluid leaks onto the frame and travels down to the rear of the wheel well. There is a page on it in my website under repairs,,,,,, engine area.
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Most likely is oil cooler --- quite a few cars that are driven in the colder climates [ road salt ] report rusted out cooler lines or fittings.

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Default Re: Oil in the wheel well??????

you probably have a pinhole in the oil cooler lines up behind the fender plastic where you cant see it. check it out before you go through what i did in this thread.
Oil Cooler/ Lines burst while driving $%#@$# Damage???

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