age is only a number
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Many Twinspark engines do consume a fair amount of oil....how much mileage are you doing every fortnight? If you were doing say 1500 miles, then the consumption wouldn't be beyond normal....
However you do say you have a stain on the drive, so maybe a leak is partly responsible....only way to really check is remove the undershield (if still fitted), clean up the whole engine area, and then check for fresh leaks....You could also try spreading some absorbent material - cat litter is good - under the front of the car to determine where the leak is, as the oil will tend to drip fairly directly down, although it can sometimes be sneaky and track alomg a casting....
Common leak points apart from the sump joint (there isn't a gasket, by the way, its just a sealing compound that is used) and the oil filter, are the crank seals at the timing belt end and the clutch end.
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