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Maybe it's not that bad! (archive)

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Posted by Chris Rose on August 30, 2001 at 07:23:38:

In Reply to: Disturbing find! posted by Chris Rose on August 29, 2001 at 22:26:06:

I put a sheet under the car last night. This morning I found about 4 small spots of oil. One of them had not be absorbed. It was smaller than the tip of my little finger. I don't know where the leaks are coming from but I think they are pretty small. I think there is only one leak and the other drops were from where the oil had collected on different parts and then dripped. I guess it doesn't take much oil to coat everything with oil and grime over the coarse of a week. Tonight I'll check the drain plug and oil-pan bolts for proper torque. I've heard that switching to synthetic oil late in an engines life can cause leaks to reveal themselves. I always doubted this, but maybe it's true! I'll keep you posted.
I changed oil in my wifes car last week and used Mobil 1 for the first time since we bought it at 58K mi. It now has 65K mi. I did overfill it slightly maybe I added 6.1 qts as close as I could measure 0.1 quarts. After filling it, it showed just a 1/8 inch over the top notch on the dipstick. Anyway I kept a watch on the oil level for a few days and didn't notice any decrease. Tonight I was under the car looking at some steering work that I was planning to do this weekend. I noticed oil all over about everything under the car, the sway bar, the left body rail most of the way back. The bottom of the oil pan had some fresh oil on it. I touched it and it looked light brown just like motor oil. I'm taking it to a real mechanic tomorrow to get a pro opinion of what's wrong. The oil level is still showing a slight bit above. Does anyone have any idea what might have happened. Can a small overfill damage anything?

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