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Old 07-06-2004, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. I poke around at my car alot. So I was under the hood this time checking coolant levels as I just replaced the cooling system. I noticed next to the oil fill cap that there was some oil sitting next to it on the engine cover.

is this a problem or just some spill over from spirited driving or should there be more than jus the square cap on top my oil fill hole?
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was the oil runny or stale?
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Old 07-06-2004, 10:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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um. define runny and stale?

it was brown. and um. sticky... looked farirly recent. was on the road for 4 hours (not constant but damn near) yesterday with some good curves on the 5 as in (I5) in southern Oregon....
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Check the seal on the cap it might be leaking under pressure. Or it could just be left over from the last oil change.

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doubt it was left over from change.

will check cap tomorrow. if bad order from bav auto... it wasn't much oil..

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could be the seal that is gone, not unheard of but definately not common, check tommorow and see if you have any more.
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p.s- runny as in recent stale as in its been there for a while, like a week or so.
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im going to go with the seal as well.
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