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Here are 2 pictures i took with my cellphone when i looked under my car. I have always had a little drip problem on my car but i havent had time to replace what i thought it was (turbo return line). I recently changed the oil with castrol syntec blend 10w-30 like it has always had... ive noticed more dripping. The car was in an accident and wasnt driven for about 2.5 ish months and now suddenly im dripping 2x as much as i have before. I do enjoy driving the car fairly hard every now and then too. Im wondering if anyone has had this drip issue to my extent and if they have had a oil covered oil pan. and also how they went about resolving it. IDK if its the drain plug (i put a new crush washer on it), or the oil pan gasket, or simply just the turbo return line getting worse. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/VolberKA/0416091130.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/VolberKA/0416091131.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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turbo return line gaskets<br>Oil Drain gasket <p>change and get back to us <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

Don't forget, it could be a rear main seal!
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (JRL)

i pray to got its not the RMS cause i dont have the money yet <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> im not working until after i graduate like mid may... Hopefully its like chilledman says and its just the turbo return like or something maybe even the oil pan gasket. I dont have time to change them as of right now until i graduate (thesis is redic) but as soon as im done ill have the parts ready to put in. If it is any of the 3 possibilities ive been told so far are there any complications that could come about? like i dont even have a noticable drop in oil levels on the dip stick yet... but im just wondering say it was the turbo return, can that cause problems with the turbo? and if its the oil pan gasket are there any issues there? and if god forbid its the RMS what could i expect in the future besides the brutal assault on my wallet?
 

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RMS oil usually doesnt float that whole way across the oil pain <p>wash it off and then let the car idial and see where its commign from
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Chilled Man</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">RMS oil usually doesnt float that whole way across the oil pain <p>wash it off and then let the car idial and see where its commign from </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It's <B>IDLE and COMING</B> Justin and it can.<br>I've had a couple that you really couldn't tell until washed off and checked in a day or two
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

I had the same problem and it was the oil line to the turbo seal. It looked just like that. It seems they are hard to fix, they had to fix mine multiple times before they got it right. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (dicostal)

So im glad you hear that you had an identical problem. not that you had a problem but more or less that your helping me narrow it down. So that entails me buying the turbo drain seal kit thing from IPD? cause i thought it was to be pretty simple minus the lack of space making it harder. either way if it needs to be done it needs to be done. Ill do the clean an idle trick when i get some time after thesis. <p>Are there any complications that could come about from either of the 3 possible reasons for my oil right now?
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

That's a pretty significant leak! Like the others have suggested, start with the oil line return gaskets, from either dealer or ipd (not that big a difference in price). I just did mine a few weeks ago and it was pretty easy- took me about an hour and I usually take about twice as long as anybody else.
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (Wayne T5)

i havent cleaned it in a long time though. cause the car was sittin around for like 3 months at the shop then i just got it back so it hasnt been cleaned up. i think if i cleaned it wouldnt look as bad but its been a while. ill start with the oil return line as soon as i get outa school here.<p>Im still wondering if there can be any complications with either the oil line return, the oil pan gasket, or RMS <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

I don't know what you mean by complications but a clogged up pcv system can cause the rms leak but at 130k it's not unusual to have it happen anyway. Turbo oil line seals are pretty typical- usually happen earlier than your miles. Don't hear of oil pan gasket failing that often.<br>
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

I'm going through the same thing.<p>Spring is in the air! Metals expand, gaskets shrink and we start crawling under our cars!<p>I took my V70 to my local German car indy place (5 minutes away) for an oil change -- and a couple months later saw a similar drip. Could the tech have failed to tighten the drain plug enough? So brought it back they put it on the lift and find 5 (five) oil leaks. BTW at 180k+ miles it doesn't use any oil between changes. Turbo oil line, yada yada, yada, pan gasket and main seal. The clutch is original and doesn't owe me anything and I'd replace that at the same time as the main seal, but by the time we're done with everything it's going to be $4k+ in repairs on a car that's worth, according to kbb.com, $2075 as a trade-in. (I know, I know. It's worth more than $2075 to ME!) I asked them to just clean it up and we'll see which leak is worst.<p>I brought it to the Volvo indy (20 minutes away) for a second opinion and they found the big leak is the turbo oil line, and the main seal is leaking. $5 in parts, and they fixed the line on the spot. I'll keep an eye on the oil levels but I think that the main seal can wait until it oils the clutch or gets much worse.<p>The turbo oil line is <i>messy</i> and it's also cheap. I'd start there.
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (bill d cat)

thanks man i appreciate it. Yea today was about 70 out so i slid under the car as far as i could without jacks or stands and i cleaned off the oil pan. I then let the car sit (not running) and tried to find anything like other areas. After that i drove the car around and checked out the situation again. The oil pan is not filthy anymore but i did start to see where a drip was brewin. It was on the drain plug but i couldnt tell if it made its way down from the oil return line or not. Ill have to wait until thesis and the semester is over that way i can go home and put it up in the air. I appreciate everyones help. And yes im happy spring is hear and so is my car haha cause its already gotten me under it many times
 

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Re: Oil Pan or Turbo Return? (KurT5)

Would someone be so kind as to post photos or a diagram of all of the connections at the turbo with some sort of labeling system?<br>Thanks in advance.
 
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