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Oil leak with pictures


Probationary Member
Dec 18, 2021
Austin, Texas
I have an oil leak coming from the front driver side.

I detailed the engine compartment so I could trace where the oil is coming from.

I let the car idle for 30 minutes with no leaks.

I took the car around the block. When I got back, it appears the oil is coming from this area. Pictures included.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
Did you use a small amount of engine oil dye? It can be detected with a UV light after a minute of running. Just a suggestion.

Mech Addict

Supporting Member
Jun 9, 2019
Jackson, Wyoming
Looks like you’ve circled the water pump, which can’t leak oil. Must be something up above it leaking down onto it. Could be cam seal or valve cover gasket.
You can take the upper timing cover off and see those areas much better. You can even run and drive the car with it removed for a short time. It would help to know if your timing belt is getting oily, because that’s not great.

But you’re sure it’s oil? Not just something wet & slippery? Wiping onto a paper towel should show the color better than on your fingers, etc.

Mech Addict

Supporting Member
Jun 9, 2019
Jackson, Wyoming
I pulled my front cover to chase down an oil leak, and did find my cam seals were at least part of the problem. The rubber lip had essentially hardened into plastic, and part of it had cracked away.
You’d be wise to try the valve cover for cracks and the gasket first, because basically anything else it might be requires pulling the timing belt at least.
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