Smooth Fox Terriers
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Turns out it was not rear main seal to blame after all - now that gearbox is off, the seal was evidently changed for a new one when the clutch & flywheel were done.
Garage couldn't remember if they had actually changed the rear main seal, as not on invoice, although I do remember being phoned to be told it needed one, it didn't appear on the invoice. This has unfortunately meant that the gearbox, clutch and dmf have had to come out again...just to see that it had been done and was looking nice and dry.
Likely culprit is the sump gasket (liquid gasket) which was probably as old as the car ie sump never been off. Possibly gave up the ghost due to being old and the engine being supported via the sump on a transmission jack during the clutch and flywheel change? Hard to say really but was upsetting shelling out for clutch & flywheel for the car to then be immediately shedding oil at a rate. The proximity in location to the work done and the immediacy of the oil disappearing after the work both pointed to the rear main though.
Sump coming off tomorrow and being re-sealed, hopefully be the end of it. There was a little oil in a lot of places such as vacuum pipes, turbo hose etc but not enough coming from anywhere north of the sump to equate to such rapid oil loss. On a positive note, some of the underside of the car now has a little extra rust proofing...
Actuator arm bushings are apparently not changed as routine during a clutch change on these, lubricated possibly but not changed.
Suspected gear oil loss (clear oil dripping off lower turbo hose) is apparently not gear oil but something else.
Garage have been accommodating, and I hope to be back on the road shortly.
Last edited by swallow; 01-12-14 at 18:32.