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I just sold my 88' 740 with 165,ooo on the clock and picked up a 94' 850 turbo. 54,000 miles, one owner, mint-so I thought. It drips small amounts of oil. It does not seem to be coming from the pan area-though by where the block conects to the tranny. I dont know if it leaking from somewhere else and dripping down to that point. I am not draining my oil supply-though it is rather bothersome. I heard FWD turbos some times leak oil from there oil retutn seals. Does anyone have any ideas on what it could be?<br>
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (volvo4life24)

Turbo return line or rear main seal are the most likely culprits.<br>One's a hundred bucks or so, (turbo line) one's about $800-900 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> (rear main) take your pick.<br>I just bought a 96R and BOTH were bad 9at only 62K miles and this car was taken care of, doesn't seem to matter <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Of course being a Volvo it also could be one of 3 or 4 other spots but those two are most likely.<br>You cannot tell from actually taking a cursory look if it's a rear main (usually is though)
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (JRL)

Thanks for the input. I am taking it into the dealer who sold me the car. Hope they know I am not paying for it, considering I have owned it for less than a year.
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (volvo4life24)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvo4life24</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks for the input. I am taking it into the dealer who sold me the car. <B>Hope they know I am not paying for it</B>, considering I have owned it for less than a year.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's an interesting statement.<br>If you've owned the car for over 6 months why do you think they should pay for it?<br>Do you have a warranty that includes oil leaks? Most warranties do NOT.<br>This is a <B>common problem </B>with 850s and to a certain extent S & V70s. It has nothing to do with good or bad maintenance, (well, actually it does a bit) If the breather box wasn't cleaned say every 30,000 miles or so, it becomes sludgy, the oil then tries to find another place to go, guess where that is, out the main seal.<br>If it's a turbo line, that happens with almost every one out there. Seals dry out, disintegrate and leak and there's not one dealer I know of (and I'm a dealer) who'll warranty this.<br>If your car was say a newer $40-50K car, I would think something would be worked out, but on an older 850, I highly doubt it.<br>Good luck and let us know the outcome
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (JRL)

The only reason I say I should not pay for this is because, I had the car for 2 days when I first spotted it. I have owned it less than a week now. I feel that It should have been fixed before they sold it to me.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvo4life24</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The only reason I say I should not pay for this is because, I had the car for 2 days when I first spotted it. I have owned it less than a week now. I feel that It should have been fixed before they sold it to me.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's different, but a used car dealer is not going to just replace a rear main (there goes his profit) if he can get away with NOT replacing it. As I said an 600 to 1000 job depending if he can do it himself or has to pay another shop to do it.<br>As a consumer/buyer it's up to YOU to have <B>an older car checked out</B> unless you have something (else) <B>in writing</B> from the dealer that has a warranty or a guarantee.<br>In most States you have 3 days to return a car
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (JRL)

Thanks for the advice I will keep you updated on the results. If I do have to pay for it I might not be getting it repaired for a couple of months. Would I be doing any harm if I waited out this long-of course keeping an eye on the size of the leak?
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (volvo4life24)

Not really, but <B>check your oil every couple of days</B> to monitor the leak. It may be not much or conversely a lot
 

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I am guessing this guy did not look at the sales paper that is placed in every autos window used or new that states if the car comes with a warrenty or not. Top of the line, Warrenty yes, Bottom of the line, Warrenty No. Usualy the car will have that bottom box checked as no warrenty. My 97 did not have a warrenty with it when I bought it. We buy these cars as is.<p>The turbo drain seals are easy to fix on our cars. Just be glad we do not have the AWD feature. That makes it a tad more difficult.
 

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Rear cam seals are highly likely, and I know for a fact the exhaust cam seal will flow down and look kinda like a rear main seal leak.<p>Rear cam seals are cheap and easy.
 

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My friend just bought a one owner '97 T5 with 78k and the RMS is leaking BAD. 1qt. per gas fill up. The turbo oil return line seal was replaced the day of purchase. The volvo dealer took the old RMS out today. It didnt look bad at all. The RMS wasn't brittle or appear to be in bad shape compared to the new seal. The old seal says: Volvo, France and has what appears to be a '93 date stamp on the flywheel side of the seal. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> the old seal is light brown compared to the new black seal. The old seal also does not have the felt on one of the sides of the seal. <p>If I get to the dealer early enough tomorrow morning, before they install the new seal, I will try to take pics of what the mess looks like. It's really involved. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by TurboMoose at 8:06 PM 4-26-2006</i>
 

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I would be able to tell if the cam seals were leaking from looking into the engine bay. I cant find any trace of oil from up above. I just got my car back from the used car dealer that I picked it up from, the dealer said it it was the rms. He is going to pay 300 and I have to drop 500-not bad. I am also picking up some new engine mounts that he will install for free. When the car shifts it seems to jerk the engine/trans-so i figure why they are under there. Thanks for all the input-i will be getting the rms replaced in 3 weeks.
 

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Its actually a pretty common problem for every turbo car (Return line leaks).<p>You can do the return line yourself, RMS is a pita though.
 

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Re: 850 turbo oil drips (volvo4life24)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvo4life24</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks for the input. I am taking it into the dealer who sold me the car. Hope they know I am not paying for it, considering I have owned it for less than a year.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Very interesting!<p>At any rate, have the PCV SYSTEM R&R'd for blockages. This will cause a rear main seal leak (if that is indeed the issue)
 
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