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My 2014 GT/CS Premium convertible was stored since last November in the garage (properly of course) No leaks. Brought it out about 3 weeks ago - no problems. Last Saturday I had it running parked in the driveway for about 45 minutes - was transferring my Sirius to my new Pioneer 8100NEX set-up and playing around with the navigation a bit. Pulled in the garage - the next morning there was a spot about 2 inches in diameter in the middle of the front part of the engine. My husband thinks it is oil. And there was a matching spot on the driveway. Looked just like a wet spot that wouldn't dry. We got the same sort of look when our 2001 Chevy S10 radiator sprung a leak and needed replacing.

The only time it will leak and only about that much is if you have driven it long enough for it to warm up. If I drive it to work and home - round trip 2 miles - no spots on the road or the garage. (we put paper towel to see. But if you drive it around town for 15 minutes you'll get the leak. It is going into the dealer on Monday - thoughts to what it might be? Should I be worried it is something serious? Still under warranty. Just seemed strange that we drove it on and off for 2 weeks and nothing and then all of a sudden - this strange leak that really has little color. TIA


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paper towels are what will help in id fluid. w/o insulting check fluid levels. Did you recently change oil? mayhap spillage from that. Someone's gonna have to crawl under and remove the aero-shields under motor (simple) and look. When you get a sample of fluid also smell it that sometimes helps to id it.

way to early to worry unless it makes you happy.


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unless the stereo guy accidentally drilled a hole in the transmission




poor impulse control

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I can't really smell anything - but my sense of smell is bad. My husband is almost positive it is oil. We did check the level - full and the color - clean. It was a fresh oil change prior to putting it away for the winter......someone told me it isn't unusual for gaskets to dry out over the winter and that might be the case with this and was saying don't worry either. I guess I am just over protective. LOL Like a mother with a child. It is my dream car and it has a sniffle......LOL
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unless the stereo guy accidentally drilled a hole in the transmission




poor impulse control
He better not have LOL.

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Coupe has the navigation system, Vert after market Pioneer 8100 Nex with Metra Kit
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Oil filter not tight?
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Not sure - would have thought it would have leaked sitting all winter or the first 2 weeks of driving when out of winter hibernation. It is oil though. Just strange why it would start to leak now....

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So it's some what a watery oil mix? We get the same with our van, watery oil mix. The only thing that makes sense is condensation from the ac mixing with crud and leaking down. It doesn't have a coolant color (though looks like coolant on the ground) or smell. No real oil smell. But it's a water puddle with an oil film feeling.
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If it is oil, the gasket for the drain plug is probably warped slightly. Every time you change the oil and remove the plug, you change the gasket pressure when the plug is reinstalled. After about 4 oil changes, the gasket needs to be replaced. I do these regularly on all the vehicles I take care of. Replacing the gasket is fairly easy; cut off the old gasket and push on a new one. The plug stops leaking for a while until you change the oil again.

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It's under warranty - so we are taking it to the dealer - but I wanted some ideas so they can't say - we can't find it etc. They are a pretty good dealer but you never know.

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Oil filter not tight?
You guessed it. Apparently when I brought it out a few weeks ago there were some leak marks my husband didn't mention. He just cleaned them up - but when it continued he said something. What surprised me was they said first thing - if it was anything we did to make it leak it would cost us 56 bucks JUST TO LOOK at it. Well they admitted the filter wasn't tight and they must not have tightened it last fall when we did the oil change before putting it away for the winter. So new oil and filter - we still have paper down in the garage just to make sure (they said they cleaned up all the oil in the engine) Hopefully this is all it is.
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The tightness of oil filters is kind of an art. Too tight and you mess stuff up and they are impossible to get off after the engine heat cycles a few times, too loose and it leaks everywhere.

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I did that. My previous oil change, I didn't get the filter on tight enough.

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The tightness of oil filters is kind of an art. Too tight and you mess stuff up and they are impossible to get off after the engine heat cycles a few times, too loose and it leaks everywhere.

Not a difficult art. Spin it on until the gasket touches the mounting base, then tighten another 3/4 turn. Don't forget to wipe some clean oil on the gasket prior to installation. I also pre fill the filter as much as practical.


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Not a difficult art. Spin it on until the gasket touches the mounting base, then tighten another 3/4 turn. Don't forget to wipe some clean oil on the gasket prior to installation. I also pre fill the filter as much as practical.
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