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Oil Leak

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post-34081-0-14301200-1350153110_thumb.j2002 Boxster S, 87000 miles. New clutch 2 1/2 months ago, around 2000 miles on it so far. Just backed the car out this morning to wash it and saw oil on the garage floor. Jacked car and found leak from the area in the attached picture. Can't exactly pinpoint the source - any ideas? This is on the right side of the car, opposite the oil filter.


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Some common causes include the oil filler tube, the AOS, or even a spark plug tube. Try to isolate each of these and see what you find. If there is enough oil to prevent you from determining where it is coming from, it might be easier to clean the oil up real well and check on it periodically.

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I will keep an eye on it, but when I crawled under before I couldn't see an obvious oil trail from anywhere up high. I don't recognize the apparent drain plug in the photo; can anyone tell me what that is, and if that might be the source? It appears to be the low spot and the drip was forming on it, but there was oil on the surrounding area as well, which I surmise may have been blown there by airflow while driving.

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What you call a drain plug is one of the timing chain tensioners, it is logical that there are in that spot oil droplets can form as this is the lowest point. Anyway it seems that the source of the leak is situated higher up the engine.

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