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post #1 of 18 Old 10-08-2010, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Oil Leak

My Camaro has 4900+ miles on it and sits mostly in the garage during the cold Fall and Winter months. I went to drive my car last night with my wife; picking up some Sonic Cream-slush treats and when I backed my car out of the garage, I noticed a really small puddle of synthetic oil on the ground. I don't beat my car or anything and Hawthorne Chevrolet did the oil change not but 1000 miles ago. Should I be concerned at all? I'm thinking maybe the oil filter isn't as tight as it should be, but what do I know? The puddle wasn't significant but sitting in the garage a week with maybe 10 fresh drops did catch my attention. Any thoughts? Thanks all!!

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-08-2010, 05:50 AM
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There is a TSB for leaking oil coolers. Id bet its that. Mine did the same thing.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-08-2010, 07:00 AM
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DEFINITELY track it down, be it the cooler, filter, or drain plug...hopefully not from the engine/gaskets.
Of course it could be the fault of the Sonic cream slush you just had to have...
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there have even been reports of rear main seal leaking. hopefully its not that.

if you have oil dripping from the cooler, take it to the dealer and have them replace the oil cooler gasket and o-rings.

its probably not the filter or plug. if those are loose, i would not depend on that service dept again!

if the oil is dripping off the front-middle of the tranny or rear middle of the oil pan, and its not red tranny oil, then it is most likely the rear main seal.

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My oil pan has developed a leak and it's going to the dealer to get it fixed

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For the record..Sonic Cream-Slush is friggin amazing.



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post #7 of 18 Old 10-09-2010, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for taking the time out to respond!! I'll be taking my car in with this information you've provided me with and hopefully get this resolved!! Thanks again!!

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post #8 of 18 Old 10-09-2010, 04:47 AM
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This is from the other thread about my leak that A.J. posted his pic....
https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/sh...2&postcount=16

And also another possible source of the leak......
https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/sh...54&postcount=7

Just for the record my dealer has dropped the ball on my repairs. I started a new job and a new shop as well and haven't had the time to pressure them on fixing my car. Wheels, oil leak, PCM update, OnStar not working, alignment/tires (hunts ALOT). Oh well enough about my problems LOL.

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post #9 of 18 Old 10-10-2010, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE *IMPORTANT*

I checked my car again and I have absolutely confirmed that my car is dripping transmission fluid!! Does this mean the Tremec trans is bad? I have one of the first 10,000 cars (9550 to be exact). I'm going to make an appointment to have the car looked at this coming week. Car seems to drive alright but whenever I throw the clutch into reverse, for some reason, half the time it grinds when being thrown into that gear. Something is amiss here....

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-10-2010, 09:19 PM
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Check your brake fluid reservoir as it supplies fluid to the clutch as well. If it is low the leak could be from the slave cylinder(part of the throw-out bearing) inside the trans bell housing. That would also explain why the trans is grinding. If it is the slave, the grinding will start to happen in 1st as well as you lose more fluid. Not to mention any oils on the clutch will cause chatter and slippage.

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