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#1 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:08 AM
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I mean if you have a oil leak coming from your engine
is there really any way to fix them, or are u screwed
what typically causes oil leaks?

and do bmw's get alot of oil leaks?
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usually it is because a seal going bad, you should also check to see that your oil filter is snug and not loose. there is a product out that tries to seal the leaks if they are small but there are some side effects, like clogging up stuff over time, take it to a shop and have them check to see if you need new seals or tighten the oil filter. Usually not a major problem, unless you have run your car really hot and it started leaking after that.
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what do you mean run your car really hot?
so it's not a big deal, and Usually fixeable right

and are bmw's big oil leakers, or not really
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Where is the oil leaking from???

If you have a minor leak.... they you can try one of those oil additives, might do the trick.

If you haven't already, do not change over to a synthethic oil. They are notorious for cleaning away deposits that have been blocking bad seals.... My car leaked like there was no tomorrow when i changed over...... (oil pan gasket)

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but im talking about if it isnt like just the seals, or is that all it could be

Im talking abou strictly the engine, not any other parts, like if the engine is leaking oil, is their repairs to fix that or are u pretty much screwed

and someone still hasnt answered it oil leaking is usually a problem with bmw's i figured since theitr engines are so good, that they wouldnt, but just trying to get some facts

andf i guess it's normal for all cars to have oil deposits on their engine, cause I do, it doesnt leak tho
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Im j/w do bmw's typically have alot of oil leaks, and if it's from the engine, what does that mean? and is it impossible to fix?
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The engine can leak in many places. Head gasket, valve cover, shaft seals, oil pan, filter, hoses, etc. The point is, get under the car and look. If you don't know what you are looking at, take it to someone who does. All of it can be fixed. Some probelms cost more to fix than others. A head gasket will cost much more than tightening your filter housing.

I have a small leak somewhere. I'll be under the car this weekend.

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Wow no one can answer his damn question.........

He is asking:
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"Are BMW's known to have oil leaks?"

"Are BMW's known to have weak seals?"

"Are seals on BMW engines known for it's strong or weak point?"
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Any engine of any manufacture can leak oil. Anywhere there is a gasket, you have a potential leak problem. It doesn't matter if it is a Ferarri, a BMW, a Toyota Echo, or a Lada. Some leaks are cheaper to fix, others more expensive.
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The best place to start is the easiest.

Mine leaked becuase my drain plug needed to be replaced. No, seriously it was a $5.00 fix.

park you car in the garage over a piece of cardboard and let it sit. mark where the wheels are and figure out what's actually leaking from the cardboard. If it's the plug or oil filter, its easy. There will always be some gunk build up on the underside of the motor. It's grease/oil/road crap/etc. If the car doesn't leak but eats oil, you have an internal problem which has a couple of solutions.

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First of all, no ghead shit any car can have an oil leak.

The question relates to whether it's common or expect of a bmw engine to have weak seals.

In case you haven't noticed some cars tend to have a popular/trendy problem. Certain cars have shitty transmissions. Certain cars have a STRONG engine block. Certain cars have crappy interiors. Ceratin cars paint jobs don't last long. ETC ETC ETC.......

Anyone else want to try to answer the question again?

I'm curious to know what BMW's weak points are myself.
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i thought that i was screwed but when i popped the hood and checked my oil level the kids working at jiffy lube put AT least 1.5 qts too much......oil was coming from everywhere............

NOW I CHANGE MY OWN OIL

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True, then what is it called when it leaks straight from the engine block?
and can u fix that if it's coming like straight from the engine block

and is normal engine oil build normal, like around the block i guess?
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like near the front, like on the edges, like where all the bolts are that hold the engine block together?

is it normal to have a lil oil buildup right there
and what kinda leak is it called if it's from there?
and can u fix it?
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I looked at tonnes of BMWs, engine bays, underside and all, when looking for my car.

I think overall 318s aren't leaky but don't be surprised to find leaks from car to car. There was a number of cars I found at dealerships that have had big oil stains on the underside but typically most of them are spotless clean (of course that can also mean that the dealer cleans their cars before sale ).

My 318i has no oil stains whatsoever except a bit around transmission housing. I'm not concerned as it's not really a 'leak'. It's just a bit moist and I've never seen it drip. I've also changed to fully synthethic oil and had no leaks and no extra oil used in three months.

All things considered, I think they are not typically leaky cars but of course that varies from one to another. Just have a hard look if buying.
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