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Old 15th October 2007, 12:20   #1
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Question Oil in the engine bay

Hi fellow BHPians, yesterday when I popped my hood to inspect the Indica V2 that my Dad drives, I was surprised to see a black sludge all over the engine block. I checked the engine sump cap, and it seemed just a bit loose. I have tightened it a bit. I checked the dipstick and the engine oil level is just fine. Also the color of the oil was black as expected as it's due for a change soon. I wanted to inquire what could be the possible reasons for the oil covering the engine block?

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Old 15th October 2007, 12:22   #2
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Get a complete engine bay wash done with either kerosene of diesel and then drive around for sometime. If there are any leaks you should be able to spot them.
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Old 15th October 2007, 12:29   #3
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check the engine oil level when the engine is cold...that will give you a better idea. also check coolant levels. maybe the engine was running very hot due to lack of coolant & the oil came out of the loose oil sump cap.
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Old 15th October 2007, 12:38   #4
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Thanks for the quick pointers guys!

@vikram_d: Yeah that seems like the logical thing to do. Hope I don't find any leaks though!

@1self: I'd checked oil level in the morning before starting the car and on a plain. The coolant level is between the MAX & MIN marks. Furthermore, I drove around the car and the temperature was pretty normal.
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Probably leaking through your valve cover.
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Hi!

is your indica petrol or diesel? Mileage? how is it running & idling?
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is your indica petrol or diesel? Mileage? how is it running & idling?
Hi 1self, mine is a diesel and the mileage is 1L Km+. I feel that the engine is missing while in idle, as in the sound of the engine increases for a second periodically. Overall the car is running pretty smooth.
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Probably leaking through your valve cover.
Where is the valve cover located? Can it be visually inspected?
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Old 15th October 2007, 18:37   #9
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check your accessory belts (for water pump etc) are OK.
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Show us some pics .
I can't make out if its leaking from ur crank case or from the valve door .
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check your accessory belts (for water pump etc) are OK.
I did a visual inspection of the belts while the engine was off and also while it was running. Both of them seemed ok with the right amount of tension and no flexing. Please pardon my ignorance, but what's these belts got to do with engine oil leaking anyway?
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See this for cleaning :

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ngine-bay.html (How to Clean the Engine Bay ?)
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Get a complete engine bay wash done with either kerosene of diesel and then drive around for sometime. If there are any leaks you should be able to spot them.
Hi Vikram,

Where can i get this done in bangalore?


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At any service station where they do washing of cars.
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At any service station where they do washing of cars.


Vijay_K,

What our literary genius Vikram means is that during the course of a regular wash at service stations, the engine bay is cleaned as well.
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