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Old 11-05-2010, 04:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Leak

I have a 1993 325I Automatic Sedan that has a pretty nasty oil leak (about half a quart a week.) The leak appears to be coming from the front of the engine. I am not sure exactly where it is coming from, and I am hoping that you knowledgible folks might be able to help me out.

It does not appear to be coming from the Oil filter housing. I have checked around it and it is bone dry. It appears to be coming from somewhere lower in the engine on the front, as I have oil and gunk all over the Oil pan and engine subframe.

I'm not real familiar with BMW's as this is my first one. (owned Rotarys as performace cars in the past.) and I really want to figure this out. I am going to be replacing the waterpump, thermostat, thermostat housing, radiator and resevior tank in the next couple of months. (I have a coolant leak that I can't seem to find, and I figure I will replace the whole coolant system seeing as the car is 17 years old and I don't know when, if any of these components have been replaced. Aside from the Fan Clutch which I replaced last month.)

I am hoping to have a few ideas on what it could be before I tear into the coolant system so I can fix it while I have the front of the car apart.

Thanks in advance for any and all help you guys are able to provide.
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At a guess I'd look at the timing case cover (its seals) and see what you can figure out.
Have a look at RealOEM.com BMW E36 325i TIMING CASE
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At a guess I'd look at the timing case cover (its seals) and see what you can figure out.
Have a look at RealOEM.com BMW E36 325i TIMING CASE
Thanks for the info, This does look very promising.

Does anyone have any Experience replacing the shaft seal in an E36 that can let me know how difficult of a job this is, or if it is something better left to a professional.
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ur pipe under the front is damaged, while wind blew it to places u can see, change the pipe i think its about $140 roughly aroudn there
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