Just back from giving the V6 a roasting. Pulled into the drive to smell hot oil, the funny burning on the exhaust smell. Looked underneath to see the oil dripping out
Oil temp/pressure, engine temp etc was all normal.
Checked the engine dipstick and it was way above the full mark, but the engine was hot. Still, it doesn't seem to have lost any.
The gearbox oil level was low however.
The oil seems to be coming from the front of the engine, either from the top of the box, or............the front head gasket
Can't really see or feel though, need to take it all apart I think.
No emulsion in the cooling sytem and it had pressure when hot. The water pipes at the front of the engine that go to the bottom of the radiator also had oil running down them.
it seems to be coming from just under the thermostat housing bitty, but the gap is too small for me to get my hand in. It's now dark so can't really see anything now.
There seems to be alot going on here...... Iv'e had two leeks in the past and they have both been to do with sensors and pressure swiches. There are two in the area you are talking about (If you can see em!!!)
cheers for the diagram, but can't really make sense of it though .
I think I'll just have to get in about it tommorrow. My wife had a couple of drinks after work so left her car about 10 miles away .
Think I'll be doing a lot of walking tommorrow
not the speedo drive. It's definately coming from the top of the gearbox area. I can see the trace of it from under the stat body, but exactly what the prob is I'll have to tinker...er...I mean investigate.....
It seemed to be coming through the thread of the top bolt of the gearbox and not the gasket
I managed to tighten the bolt about 2 turns.
Strangely, the clutch feels a bit lighter and taking up the drive is smoother. I'm still scared to drive the car hard now though. It didn't lose any gearbox oil on the ride home from Halfords (filled it up in the car park), but then I did drive gently...........
Marlon if the gap is in the bellhousing next to the engine then it won`t be leaking from that as there is no oil in the bellhousing
Can you take a piccy of it????
Btw for it to be coming out of the top of the box it must be a gasket or seal that`s failed and is only leaking when the oil is getting thrown about inside...............unless its the seal i was talking about
Might be worth giving some of that "stop leak" additive stuff a go it worked on my old Pug that used to leak like a sieve
But a piccy would help identify what the problem is
Cheers Speedy. I can't really take a piccy as you won't see anything unless I strip the car apart. It does only leak when the car is moving and throws the oil. It empties the box in about a mile of driving at 30mph, so is pretty bad.
It's not coming from the gasket between the engine and box, it seems to be coming from further in than that. Was gonna book the car into Yob's tommorrow, but maybe I'll just take it apart myself. My wife is letting me use her Punto seeing as the Silverstone has no tax or MOT
had a looky again. You can't really see it from the picture, but the reverse light switch is split around where the plastic bit meets its metal sleeve. The metal sleeve has bits missing and is cracked (this is the tightening nut bit). Unfortunately I don't have the right tools to get it off .
I could at least swap it with the Silverstone until I got a new one .
Still, I can't understand why the oil ended up where it did. Definately nice fresh gearbox oil was trickling down from the top of the bellhousing
Yeah I just walked to Halfords and bought a deep 22mm socket. Shouldn't have bothered as this is not the cause.
The oil is still pouring out of somewhere at the top of the bellhousing. I'm sure there shouldn't be any gearbox oil near there, but, it's definately box oil and it's definately coming from somewhere near where the bellhousing meets the engine