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Old 02-18-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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jus enjoyin my new turbo guys..seem to have a problem leaking the mobil 1 we put in..its not alot but more than it has leaked. it really never leaked at all before the turbo maybe once or twice a lil..is this normal?? or should i be comcerned? i have not taken a look at it yet but will this weekend..
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Return line?
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Yes be worried.

How is it leaking? Are you just low? Drips on the floor? explain.
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I had to tighten the clamp in my return line, it's perfectly normal to leak oil if u add a new line and haven't checked it yet. Check the piece that's tapped into the pan too.
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Find the leak. Don't put it off. It could be very minor or very major.
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Yes be worried.

How is it leaking? Are you just low? Drips on the floor? explain.
the turbo is was installed a couple weeks ago. was done by a mazda mechanic..i noticed it was leaking a lil in the garage and tonight after i drove it a lil hard..i will check those lines. i noticed a burning oil smell a lil bit also..i looked at the valve head cover..its got an new seal. looks fine.
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It is possible that there was some residual stuff from the install, but if it is actually dripping that sounds like a leak. Definitely check the oil lines. Leaks are usually pretty easy to spot.
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Oil leaks are not normal.
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wipe all the oil and see where the leak starts.
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jus enjoyin my new turbo guys..seem to have a problem leaking the mobil 1 we put in..its not alot but more than it has leaked. it really never leaked at all before the turbo maybe once or twice a lil..is this normal?? or should i be comcerned? i have not taken a look at it yet but will this weekend..
you do know what a wrench is and how to use it right????
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cant tell where it is comin from looks like it sprayed underneath and drips...i am going to degrease the underside and see...i took the plastic underbelly plastic off..looks like it is on the muffler near the catalytic converter..looks like fresh mobil 1...mmmmmm
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check the drain line or inlet line. My clamps were tight on first install, but as they were breaking in I had to retighten.
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cant seem to find the leak...my fittings look good..i di notice that my stock oil pressure gauge is reading around 30LB..isnt it suppose to be around 60LB??? seems i might have an oil pressure problem..
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Not bashing, but how long have you owned your car, how familiar are you with its operation, and how much skill do you have as a mechanic?
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Not bashing, but how long have you owned your car, how familiar are you with its operation, and how much skill do you have as a mechanic?
not bashing just giving a little wip !!
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Not bashing, but how long have you owned your car, how familiar are you with its operation, and how much skill do you have as a mechanic?
i have had the car a couple of years. i am mechanical minded and i have fixed or improved several things on the car. i am learning as i go..the turbo was something i have wanted to do and i understand how it works. thanks to all the information you guys have on this website. really has made me want to know more about this car and the drivability of it. plus all the things this car is capable of. i am a fast learner but i am not a mechanic. i have replaced starters and rebuilt them on a vw bug and have owned several motorcycles and repaired them before. but building an engine ,valve jobs, etc..no i have not but i am willing to learn..i probably need to get a repair book..that might be good.do you guys know any one i should by?
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most auto parts stores carry a oil tracer dye. its just like a 2 oz bottle of fluid. pour it into your engine. drive around a lil and you should be able to spot the fresh leak with a UV light.
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I would take it back to the mechanic that installed it and tell him it's leaking oil. He should be able to find it.
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I agree with dustinb, have the mechanic check it out. Oil leaks aren't normal. If your engine compartment is CLEAN, you should be able to see a fresh leak. If your engine is BLACK and GOOEY with oil..... well...

If you decide to look for it yourself, be sure to check for the leak at it's HIGHEST and most FORWARD point on the engine. Oil leaks down and back.

I had a cam seal leaking and the oil blew back onto the oil return line. To the untrained eye it may have been pegged as a leak from the turbo setup.

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i believe it is comin from the oil pan. i have been searching and searching. the return line looks good all the lines seem to be fine..is it possible that it could shoot around down there? is there alot of oil pressure in the pan? maybe i need a new gasket
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