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    Car is leaking oil, awesome.

    So I just left my car for 7 days, it has never leaked a drop of oil. I've been having some rough idles but they just went away, I also had a misfire about a month ago. So I come back from getting food after not driving her for 7 days and there is a huge puddle of oil right where the oil drain plug is. What could this be? I have heard it could also be transmission fluid over flowing, but there is a HUGE puddle. I am so worried right now because I now have to take it to the dealer and I don't have the things required to take out my fmic and downpipes, I hope all will go well. This is not a good start to my new year. Wow.

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    Why would you remove your FMIC or downpipes?
    Your car has a 2 year warranty, and that has expired. So they're not repairing it under warranty.
    I think whatever the cause you should let it be repaired ASAP.
    You didn't hit a stone or anything that could crack the carterpan?
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    Is it for sure motor oil? What color is it?

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    When you say puddle right where the oil drain plug is, do you mean it seeped out onto area around the drain plug, or it dripped onto the ground? What is the color, thickness and smell like?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    Why would you remove your FMIC or downpipes?
    Your car has a 2 year warranty, and that has expired. So they're not repairing it under warranty.
    I think whatever the cause you should let it be repaired ASAP.
    You didn't hit a stone or anything that could crack the carterpan?
    No, I didnt hit anything that would crack it. And its CPO so I still have 2 years.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    When you say puddle right where the oil drain plug is, do you mean it seeped out onto area around the drain plug, or it dripped onto the ground? What is the color, thickness and smell like?
    Ok, I will post some. I am going to take them now.
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    So this is strange, the leak has appeared to stop. But as you can see, there are defiantly two distinct spots its leaking from; any ideas? I tried to rub it with a paper towel to show what color it is; I think I only got dirt haha
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    You sure that wasn't the evaporator drain line letting water run out? It happens when your HVAC system runs for a while in humid areas, only on "cooling" mode, unless these cars also have a de-humidify mode, which I highly doubt.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    You sure that wasn't the evaporator drain line letting water run out? It happens when your HVAC system runs for a while in humid areas, only on "cooling" mode, unless these cars also have a de-humidify mode, which I highly doubt.
    Yeah, it doesn't look thick enough to be oil.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yomama69 Click here to enlarge
    Yeah, it doesn't look thick enough to be oil.
    So you are agreeing it is water?

    Turn your ac to "Max Cool" and let the car sit for a while. Does it drip from the same spot?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    So you are agreeing it is water?

    Turn your ac to "Max Cool" and let the car sit for a while. Does it drip from the same spot?
    I can't confirm or deny, but it appears to be thinner in consistency than oil.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    You sure that wasn't the evaporator drain line letting water run out? It happens when your HVAC system runs for a while in humid areas, only on "cooling" mode, unless these cars also have a de-humidify mode, which I highly doubt.
    Hmm.. not really sure. I do know it was very cold the time I was gone and it defiantly wasnt humid. And when I felt it last night it defiantly wasnt water.

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    Yeah, it doesn't look thick enough to be oil.
    Well I think it just soaked in, it was thicker last night.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    So you are agreeing it is water?

    Turn your ac to "Max Cool" and let the car sit for a while. Does it drip from the same spot?
    Now that I think about it, when I ran my finger through it, it defiantly was not water. And it was a light yellowish liquid just like brand new oil; but the weird thing is my oil should be dirty, its almost time for a change. On a side note about a month ago I thought my oil was low and I added an extra quart. But it has never leaked until now; not sure if sitting for 8 days would cause it to leak all the sudden though.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Gbreee90 Click here to enlarge
    Now that I think about it, when I ran my finger through it, it defiantly was not water. And it was a light yellowish liquid just like brand new oil; but the weird thing is my oil should be dirty, its almost time for a change. On a side note about a month ago I thought my oil was low and I added an extra quart. But it has never leaked until now; not sure if sitting for 8 days would cause it to leak all the sudden though.
    How does your coolant tank look?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yomama69 Click here to enlarge
    How does your coolant tank look?
    Coolant tank seems to be fine. But in all honesty im not exactly sure how to check it. I took the top off, but there doesnt seem to be any sort of indicator.
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    Just figured it out, not the coolant. Just got this reply on another website.

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    I just had an identical situation after returning from a trip where my car sat for 6 days. I took it in and they replaced the gasket, oil pan, sealing sleeve, screw plug, and 1/2 liter of oil. The puddle was under the car, right below where the passenger's seat sits.
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    Okay, so here is the update: its transmission fluid.
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    My car was losing oil but there were no spots in the driveway. It was leaking out from the spark plugs. It was all fixed under warranty

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    That's not much of an update.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yomama69 Click here to enlarge
    That's not much of an update.
    There was a bit of sarcasm in my post. Its going in on thursday.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by e92 Click here to enlarge
    My car was losing oil but there were no spots in the driveway. It was leaking out from the spark plugs. It was all fixed under warranty
    uh, how would oil leak from the plugs?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    uh, how would oil leak from the plugs?
    I was wondering the same thing. Hopefully my repair wont be a big deal. I have heard of many people having a overflowing pan and transmission fluid leaking. Think they will notice the DP's? Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    uh, how would oil leak from the plugs?
    I guess oil blow-by in the combustion chamber could be forced up through the spark plug threads due to a crappy crank-case pressure ventilation system. Just a guess.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Gbreee90 Click here to enlarge
    Okay, so here is the update: its transmission fluid.
    Are you a 6at? If so my wife's E90 had the same issue.

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