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Old 01-23-2017, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Weird Oil Leak

I think I posted in the wrong section with my question so I will try this section sorry about that. So My 1996 Saturn SL2 started leaking oil in an odd location... I bought the car in 2000, replaced a lot of the stuff and haven't had any problems. Last night I parked my car running for a about 10 minutes while I tried to get in my friends gate. As I shut the gate after my car was inside I noticed a large thin puddle of oil. I felt it and can tell its only oil. AsI moved my car up the drive the oil light came on and the temp light. I turned my car off and opened the hood I noticed the oil was coming from a connector going into the radiator...?The oil was under the fan area and I didnt notice oil actually leaking when my car was off. This morning there was only a drop under the forward drivers right side on the driveway. I called and had my baby towed to my repair shop...there closed today with it being Sunday. When my Saturn was up on the flatbed I could see oil just on the undercarrage again forward drivers right side. The oil was pure no milky look or touch...no burnt smell- I have my oil changed regularly. The oil cap was not tainted and nothing different in the coolant container. Again it looked like it was coming from a connector in the radiator area. Thanks for some help Richard!

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Old 01-23-2017, 01:58 AM   #2
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nothing at all in that area that would be leaking oil. You do have transmission lines running into your radiator, assuming you have an automatic trans. But that would not explain your oil light coming on.

Unless you have a severe leak somewhere else, and the oil was running down the trans cooler lines, I cant think of anything that would look like the situation you described

If your leak is coming from the connector by the red arrow ... thats transmission fluid ... and doesn't explain the oil light. trans.jpg

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Old 01-23-2017, 01:06 PM   #3
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On flat ground, cold engine, pull both dipsticks (engine oil and IF automatic, that dipstick also).....one of them should reveal what's happened.

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Old 01-23-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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maybe someone added an aftermarket oil cooler ?

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