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Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

Checking oil while fueling up yesterday, and noticed that there seemed to be a lot of oil around the back left (passenger) side spark plug area. See photo below.

I never have oil spots in my driveway, so not sure what is going on here?


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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

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Checking oil while fueling up yesterday, and noticed that there seemed to be a lot of oil around the back left (passenger) side spark plug area. See photo below.

I never have oil spots in my driveway, so not sure what is going on here?

Mother of god that's dusty and grimey, Go to the car wash and douche that stuff off see if it comes back.

Gunk makes a good foam engine cleaner. Or wash it in your driveway
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Checking oil while fueling up yesterday, and noticed that there seemed to be a lot of oil around the back left (passenger) side spark plug area. See photo below.

I never have oil spots in my driveway, so not sure what is going on here?
Vehicle left and right is always determined as sitting in the vehicle, facing forward, regardless of where you live. Example, a non export drivers side would be the left, while an export drivers side would be the right, therefore you can't use drivers or passengers side as interchangeable to left and right. I mention this because it can make all the difference in the world when ordering parts as many left and right parts are not interchangeable.

Clean the engine and keep an eye on it. The new oil should be apparent exactly where it is coming from pretty soon. If not, there are dyes you can add to the oil that will show up under an ultraviolet light dye detection kit.
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

OH my god... I feel so anal about my engine bay now.
Yep give it a good clean and then monitor for leaks..
Two years on and no signs of any leaks..
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Mother of god that's dusty and grimey, Go to the car wash and douche that stuff off see if it comes back.

Gunk makes a good foam engine cleaner. Or wash it in your driveway

Yea lot of off-road / dusty dirt road camping trips this summer in the mountains.

I've never used an engine cleaner, as I'm always worried about spraying water into the engine bay.... is there anything specific I need to know? Such as - don't spray the battery or the ECM?
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

In reality if your not worried about the overall look of the engine bay, i'd just start with a few clean rags and wipe over the area in question. It won't be easy to clean all the surfaces around where your talking about however, once the general area is clean it should give you an more of an indication if there is a problem and where it may be coming from...

If using an engine degreaser and hose to rinse it off, I'd personally cover up as many of the main electrical components and connections as I could. Again, you could just confine the clean to the area in question.

Let us know how you get on
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

spray it on let it sir and gentle when you hose it off, just a nice stream no heavy power washers
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

you should not have any leaks after only 2 years
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

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Yea lot of off-road / dusty dirt road camping trips this summer in the mountains.

I've never used an engine cleaner, as I'm always worried about spraying water into the engine bay.... is there anything specific I need to know? Such as - don't spray the battery or the ECM?
It's perfectly safe to use a moderate water spray in your engine bay - just no pressure washers and keep the water out of the air box. That and the exhaust are the only places that are vulnerable to water getting in. The only other thing to check is to be certain your fuse box is latched.

Think about it: when you drive in heavy rain a run through a big puddle, water sprays up into the engine bay big time. You can even drive in water that comes up to the air box intake, which actually is designed to mitigate water getting fully into the filter area with an elbow trap.

Assuming you don't have any cracked electrical wire casings or connections, everything should be sealed and can be hosed off.
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

Need to do some testing when I get home... but I'm putting 2 and 2 together and realizing these issues I have might be resulting in the same thing.

I noticed this morning that my passenger side washer nozzle isn't spraying anymore... and that nozzle is directly above the "leak" I saw on the engine block.

Gonna take a look tonight, to see if the leak is potential washer fluid and not oil.
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you should not have any leaks after only 2 years
You "shouldn't" - but it can happen. My '16 was 5 months old when I had to get the oil pan TSB done - had a nice oil stain on my parking spot at home and at work.
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Re: Oil Leaking Near Spark Plugs?

Bump.

Cleaned out the engine bay with the GUNK brand degreaser. Made a good bit of difference in the look of the engine bay, but.... now I can smell the degreaser. I think I may have accidentally sprayed too close to the firewall or something, which absorbed the smell.

Hoping it goes away after some driving. Might go back to the car wash and spray it down with water again.
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