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I just noticed that my 2014 EcoDiesel has started to drip oil onto the garage floor slowly (perhaps a drop or two a day). Ugh.

Examination of the oil pan indicates that the oil is coming from above, rather than leaking from the oil drain plug. Examining the engine compartment it appears that oil is exuding from approximately the areas indicated by the arrows (the area, and below is grimy). Obviously this is all I could identify looking from above (e.g. the back of the engine wasn't examined).

Everything higher than that was clean to the "paper towel wipe" test, including the oil filter housing. Oil was changed five months ago, filled by volume (8 quarts), and dipstick shows fill level right at max (i.e. not above).

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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

Possibly timing chain cover.
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Possibly timing chain cover.
Interesting. My guess was that it was overpressure within the engine somehow. If you look on the right and left, there are seams where the arrows indicate. I thought perhaps engine oil was being forced out.

That prompted my initial thought that somehow it was overfilled and then... something. I don't even know if this would be a typical presentation of an engine oil overfill.
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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

could possibly be(hope not)little leaking diesel engines. Anybody else having issues. I don't as of yet.
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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

Have mine in the shop now to replace the oil pan gasket. They say it is a 1 hour job. Have to remove the break calipers, and drop the front axel to get the pain off. Glad it is under warranty.
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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

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I just noticed that my 2014 EcoDiesel has started to drip oil onto the garage floor slowly (perhaps a drop or two a day). Ugh.

Examination of the oil pan indicates that the oil is coming from above, rather than leaking from the oil drain plug. Examining the engine compartment it appears that oil is exuding from approximately the areas indicated by the arrows (the area, and below is grimy). Obviously this is all I could identify looking from above (e.g. the back of the engine wasn't examined).

Everything higher than that was clean to the "paper towel wipe" test, including the oil filter housing. Oil was changed five months ago, filled by volume (8 quarts), and dipstick shows fill level right at max (i.e. not above).

Ideas?

Make sure it's definitely oil (could it be a diesel leak), to be sure clean down the engine, then keep checking (every day) for leaks with regard to hard to get at places you should use a mirror so you can see, remove the engine cover under the sump when you clean the engine down..........leave it off and get under there and look as well.

That way you will be able to see and correctly say where the leak is coming from...............we're all just guessing otherwise I think....
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Mine had a leak from the timing case at 10000km ( 6*213.71192 miles).
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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

I don't know a thing about engines or mechanical stuff. Having said that I read a bit and seem to recollect an oil change takes a specific amount of oil.

It was my understanding that the oil level shouldn't be up on the full mark with the correct amount of oil.

Again I don't know squat but there was a vehicle manufactured in the US once which went to market with a 5 quart oil pan instead of the 6 quart original engineered and spec'ed. As a result of to little oil it formed sludge and engines died.

I think the correct amount of oil is critical in these modern day engines.

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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

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Again I don't know squat but there was a vehicle manufactured in the US once which went to market with a 5 quart oil pan instead of the 6 quart original engineered and spec'ed. As a result of to little oil it formed sludge and engines died.
Sludge is usually caused by a poorly designed or defective crankcase ventilation system, low engine operating temperatures (stop start driving) or the presence of water in the oil, and can accumulate with use. Oil sludge that causes an engine to run poorly or even seize is a rare occurrence and typically happens only when oil changes have been neglected or if the car has been driven extensively with an extremely low oil level.
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Re: Possible causes for oil leak down front of engine?

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It was my understanding that the oil level shouldn't be up on the full mark with the correct amount of oil.
Depends your changing the oil only or the oil and filter, what I mean there is oil and filter will require more oil if the oil filter holds oil when the engine is shutoff (on some new engines the filter is upside down and the oil drains back to the sump when you shut off the engine) some service manuals specs state x amount of engine oil with filter etc etc some state x amount of oil.

Either way when changing your oil ALWAYS refill the engine to what the dipstick indicates is full, start engine run for a few minutes, shutoff, re check oil level after the engine has sat still for a few minutes, TOP UP as necessary, recheck once a fortnight or so
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Depends your changing the oil only or the oil and filter, what I mean there is oil and filter will require more oil if the oil filter holds oil when the engine is shutoff (on some new engines the filter is upside down and the oil drains back to the sump when you shut off the engine) some service manuals specs state x amount of engine oil with filter etc etc some state x amount of oil.

Either way when changing your oil ALWAYS refill the engine to what the dipstick indicates is full, start engine run for a few minutes, shutoff, re check oil level after the engine has sat still for a few minutes, TOP UP as necessary, recheck once a fortnight or so
With this engine, make sure it sits for at least 30 minutes before you check the oil.
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With this engine, make sure it sits for at least 30 minutes before you check the oil.
Exactly.

Well, I double checked by examining the leftover oil bottle: I added 7.7 liters of oil last change (which included filter), and I had let that bastard drain for a couple hours before adding the new oil. I even ensured the oil was warm (not hot) when I drained it, given that it was January.

Regardless, based on quick Googling, the symptom of an overfill for most engines seems to be frothing of the oil (resulting in a drop in oil pressure), not "oil leaking out of seams in the engine".

Maybe it's the QuikValve, but again, that didn't leak at all for over a year, the oil is covering areas above the drain, and the lower front of the engine has oil, grime, and a "dried leak" appearance, while the upper half of the front of the engine is pristine and clean metal.

I suppose it could be diesel contaminated by engine oil, but what's been leaking looks just like engine oil that I've seen during the past two changes and while checking the dipstick.

I have a service appointment on Friday.
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