Questions about identifying, locating and repairing oil leaks from an engine, gearbox or differential

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Volkswagen Jetta Oil Pan Change

So recently I hit a speed bump and cracked a small section on the oil pan. I ordered one and received it. The problem is getting off the oil pan. On opposite sides there are about 6-7 screws which my ...
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How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?

Okay, go easy on me. I'm a bit of a vehicle lightweight. I can do basic maintenance, but in terms of "how bad is this," I'm usually lost. My boyfriend bought a 2010 VW CC a few days ago. Two days ...
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How well should a slip yoke be polished to give a proper seal?

Gear oil started leaking out of the rear output seal on my '01 Outback started -- onto the exhaust of course, as every fluid in a Subaru seems to do. It's not a lot, but smells terrible. Along with ...
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Pontiac Aztek 2004 Oil Leak

There is some leaking underneath the engine. My guess is that it's an engine oil leak. Do you think I'm correct? From your experience, what is a good place to start looking for the leak? Thank you!
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Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil

I have a 4 year old, well loved Honda civic with only about 25K. It has been serviced nearly every 6 months. I just took it for a service a few weeks ago and today I noticed that it seemed to be ...
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What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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Do I have an oil leak if I have to add oil?

I don't change the oil all that often (maybe every 8000 miles) and on my 10 year old car the oil light comes on and I need to add a quart or two (and then I start thinking I practically changed the ...
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Volvo s40 Oil Pressure light

My fiance was driving our S40 to work this morning and saw a bit of smoke rolling from under the hood, she decided to let the smoke dissipate then limp the car home. On the return trip the car kicked ...
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oil leaks when driving, not while parked

My wife has a 2004 Mazda 6, 2.3 liter 4 cylinder. When the car is parked, oil doesn't pool underneath. After driving for about an hour, we need to add about 1-3 quarts. With this issue, where could ...
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What does this device on a 1985 Mercury Lynx/Ford Export Diesel do?

I have a 1985 Mercury Lynx (Ford Escort) Diesel 4 cylinder. The device shown in the pictures -- below the starter -- has a hose connecting it to the radiator. There is another hose that is ...
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Oil on driveway: Will a Belly pan be helpful?

My car slowly drips oil from the drain plug and between the tranny and engine, at least, according to the mechanic. An unnecessary 1600$ repair. Do you think a belly pan would be helpful to at least ...
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Starting a car that has been sitting for about a year [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. My 1998 Trans Am has about 80,000 miles on it and has been sitting for about a year without being started in my ...
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What is the durability of a plastic valve cover?

After a change of the valve cover gasket didn't fix a rather persistent leak (than managed to cover my entire engine in oil) I took my car to a mechanic. They called up saying that they have ...