General Small clear oil leak under nearside of engine

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General Small clear oil leak under nearside of engine

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Hi

Can anyone help?

Just bought a 1995 Panda Colour, after parking it on the drive I have noticed what i originally thought was a small water leak. On closer inspection it is clear oil.
It is below the nearside of the engine...any ideas?

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Steph
 

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I don't think I've had a Panda that doesn't leak from somewhere. Leaking oil from the rocker cover gasket is a particular Panda favourite.
 

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Just to add, unless it's leaking transmission oil I would live with a leak from the engine as long as it's not too bad. It saves you changing oil if you're topping it up every so often.*
























* Tip number 8 in Steve's forthcoming book "How Not To Run A Car". (y)
 

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Be careful that it is not a torn driveshaft gaiter as you will be losing gearbox oil. The gearbox oil and engine oil are independent of each other.
 

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Steve said:
Just to add, unless it's leaking transmission oil I would live with a leak from the engine as long as it's not too bad. It saves you changing oil if you're topping it up every so often.*

Sorry Steve, you beat me to it.
 

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The driveshaft gaiter. If there is oil leaking from that it will kill your gearbox. Get it sorted asap. Do you have a Haynes or Porter manual? If not then it would be a good investment.
 
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Thanks Steve.

I will get a Haynes manual.
In the mean time where do I check and top up the gearbox oil and which oil is best to use?
 

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Purple Ronnie said:
Thanks Steve.

I will get a Haynes manual.
In the mean time where do I check and top up the gearbox oil and which oil is best to use?

Steph, there's a hexagon plug at the front of the engine bay - bit awkward to get to. You must get the correct transmission oil (or equivalent) Fiat ZC90, I think.

If you can tomorrow, flip your bonnet (for extra light) and pop underneath to have a look at the rubber gaiters for rips. One of my gaiters was torn when I got my Panda last year and I got a garage to fit a new one for about £60 (I'm not as clever as some of the brillian mechanic types on here but I am learning!).
 
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Purple Ronnie said:
Just bought a 1995 Panda Colour, after parking it on the drive I have noticed what i originally thought was a small water leak.

Mean't to say love the Colour edition of the Panda and just luuuurrrve your sun roofs.

Dead envious me - sun roof envy.
 
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Pandarus said:
Steph, there's a hexagon plug at the front of the engine bay - bit awkward to get to. You must get the correct transmission oil (or equivalent) Fiat ZC90, I think.

If you can tomorrow, flip your bonnet (for extra light) and pop underneath to have a look at the rubber gaiters for rips. One of my gaiters was torn when I got my Panda last year and I got a garage to fit a new one for about £60 (I'm not as clever as some of the brillian mechanic types on here but I am learning!).


Thanks Martin, will look tomorrow.
 
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