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Old 11-11-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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Oil leak

Hey folks so today i noticed a little oil under my car (about an inch diameter circle) and it looks like its coming from the oil pan what are the steps to find the oil leak and fix it?


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Wipe off any and all oil that you can from the bottom of the engine. Then place a large piece of cardboard to help identify the source.

Another way would be to add a special dye in the oil (available from automotive parts stores), then run the engine for a day, then check for the dye coming out from the pan, timing chain cover, etc.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply
Thats a good idea with the dye ill try that thanks for the help.


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ID:	169560so i just got under the car to wipe off all the excess oil and it looked like there was oil coming from one bolt so i tried tightening it and the bolt just snapped any ideas what to do now?


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the hell is that, your oil pan? the corner of your oil pan? idk but the common leaky spots i think are above the oil filter, and the oil pan gasket. oil pan gasket is a biotch to change, involves unmounting the engine and lifting it a bit i think, or the k member or something. the oil filter adapter is simple. just remove the filter, remove the filter adapter, clean and replace gasket, reattach, and top off coolant and oil.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:18 PM   #6
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Its the bolt on the corner of the oil pan and the head of the bolt broke off how do i get the broken bolt out of there so i can put a new one in? Is the car safe to drive right now?


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I also found debris around the fuel filter ill attach a pic of itClick image for larger version

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I also found debris around the fuel filter ill attach a pic of itAttachment 169561


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that pic, im almost certain, is from the oil filter adapter. its cheap and available as a "improved design" part. i put the felpro in my car. no more leak. its the gasket shaped like a wang and balls. no seriously, it looks like a crude drawing of a wang.

im still confused about the broken bolt tho. which picture shows it?

EDIT - nvm i figured out what you were saying. if you need to remove it, then a bolt extractor should do it. the kind you drill into a bolt, then reverse it to extract it.

Mine has a slow leak, but not enough to make it to the ground. if its leaking too much for you, then you might as well pull the pan and clean out the inside, and replace the gasket. I think the K member is blocking part of it. I remember inspecting it and then being told that its more complicated than just unbolting and replacing the gasket.

Im hoping someone here whos done it can give some input. in the meantime im gonna search around if anyone posted a walkthrough somewhere.
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The picture in reply #4 shows the corner of the oil pan. I tried tightening the bolt of the oil pan because there was oil all around that area and the head of the bolt snapped off. Now the rest of the bolt is stuck in the threading. Somehow i have to get the remains of the bolt out if there and put a new one in.


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I'd try to drill the bolt out using a reverse rotation drill bit. They normally come out while you are drilling them because the counterclockwise rotation naturally wants to back the bolt out.
Use the bolt extractor as a last resort because if you break it off as well, it will make it twice as hard to remove the bolt.
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I'd try to drill the bolt out using a reverse rotation drill bit. They normally come out while you are drilling them because the counterclockwise rotation naturally wants to back the bolt out.
Use the bolt extractor as a last resort because if you break it off as well, it will make it twice as hard to remove the bolt.
Do you know where to buy a replacement oil pan bolt or the measurements of the bolt? thank alot
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You can pull one off at a wrecking yard or remove another one (Carefully) from your pan and take it to the hardware store to match it up with a suitable replacement.
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I would try drill it out and tap it bigger. It's going to be a ***** tbh ..
But better hurry and do it , that would be a big leak I think.
Other piece is the oil filter adaptor you can replace the O ring it has.

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You want to take a center punch and try to punch a dent into the center of the bolt and then use a reverse drill, starting with a small drill and moving up in size until the bolt either comes out or the hole that you've drilled gets near the threads. If it still hasn't come out, at that point, then try the EZ-out.
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You want to take a center punch and try to punch a dent into the center of the bolt and then use a reverse drill, starting with a small drill and moving up in size until the bolt either comes out or the hole that you've drilled gets near the threads. If it still hasn't come out, at that point, then try the EZ-out.
you drill the reverse threaded drill in reverse right?
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Correct.
You need a reversible drill of course...
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