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Old 26 Feb 2006, 05:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
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My daugher drove my car off the road today and scraped the underneath of the
car. Now I have an oil leak. How do I diagnose what is leaking? Could it
be the main seal or the transmission?
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Old 27 Feb 2006, 02:16 am   #2 (permalink)
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Take a close look at the oil. If it is a manual transmission then the
trans oil will be a bit thicker usually. Another quick way to check
(with Manual Trans) is to run the engine until it is hot then see if
the leaking oil is hot or cold
If it is an Auto trans, the fluid may be a different color (probably
red) to the engine oil, and it may well smell totallly different. Get
some off the dipsticks and compare.

On Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:05:02 GMT, "helpfor92camry" <u19143@uwe> wrote:

>My daugher drove my car off the road today and scraped the underneath of the
>car. Now I have an oil leak. How do I diagnose what is leaking? Could it
>be the main seal or the transmission?

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Old 27 Feb 2006, 06:01 am   #3 (permalink)
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"helpfor92camry" <u19143@uwe> wrote in message news:5c7a346fa431a@uwe...
> My daugher drove my car off the road today and scraped the underneath of

the
> car. Now I have an oil leak. How do I diagnose what is leaking? Could

it
> be the main seal or the transmission?


That is a bit worrying as the transaxle (gearbox and diff) is housed in a
substantial alloy or aluminium casing. If its the engine sump, which is more
likely as its sheet metal, the leak will be blacker or brown idicating
engine sump oil.

See which oil it is. Diff and gearbox oil in automatics is Dexron and
maywell be red. If its manual, you're looking for honey coloured and-or red.

As to the motor, it will be, depending on how long the last oil-change was,
honey coloured to brown, then black with a distinctive petrolly-burnt smell.
I'd be taking a gander under there myself to see what cooking!

best of luck''Jason


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Old 27 Feb 2006, 08:28 am   #4 (permalink)
Daniel
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helpfor92camry wrote:
"My daugher drove my car off the road today and scraped the underneath
of the
car."
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Go under the car and find where it scraped - that should lead you right
to the source.
Most everything is painted black - so you should be able to see new
evidence of bare metal scratch marks.
Whenever I scrape the undercarriage, I go under there and touch up with
Rustoleum satin black to avoid rust developing - and usually it is the
cross member which sort of shields the oil and transmission pans - but
if she drove _over_ an obstruction without stopping you need to look
further.

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Old 27 Feb 2006, 04:04 pm   #5 (permalink)
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helpfor92camry wrote:
> My daugher drove my car off the road today and scraped the underneath
> of the car. Now I have an oil leak. How do I diagnose what is
> leaking? Could it be the main seal or the transmission?


Don't drive the car any more than absolutely necessary until you find the
leak source. You could have a problem that will increase while driving to
the point it will cause a catastrophic failure. On the other hand it's
probably something minor, but why take a chance.
The other posts should give you the all the info you need to find the
source.
HTH, davidj92


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Old 27 Feb 2006, 04:51 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I doubt it is either, but you cant tell without getting under it or get
it on a lift pronto.

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