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Old 20th November 2007, 09:30   #1
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Default Oil dripping on the driver side mat - Indica

Today morning I observed something again which I ignored few days back, in my Indica.

There was some oil on the driver side plastic mat. earlier it did
happened few days back but I ignored it thinking something from the
shoes. But this morning I saw some oil drops on the top of my shoes as
well, I think left side shoe.

Surely there is something dripping from the inside of the dashboard. I
cleaned the mat today to observe it again, and during 12 km drive from
home to office, there was no dripping. All the oil levels are ok,
except little drop in engine oil level which was replaced few days back.

Can it be Steering Oil or its AC compressor
oil.
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Today morning I observed something again which I ignored few days back, in my Indica.

There was some oil on the driver side plastic mat. earlier it did
happened few days back but I ignored it thinking something from the
shoes. But this morning I saw some oil drops on the top of my shoes as
well, I think left side shoe.

Surely there is something dripping from the inside of the dashboard. I
cleaned the mat today to observe it again, and during 12 km drive from
home to office, there was no dripping. All the oil levels are ok,
except little drop in engine oil level which was replaced few days back.

Can it be Steering Oil or its AC compressor
oil.

can be power steering fluid. if power steering seal is broken then oil leaks from inside.
it happened to me also. though not in indica.
repair job was cheap and took around 3-4 hrs.
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how did the power steering oil reach the dashboard!?
Did you ever complain of squeeks from your steering wheel. Its possible that some mechanic used lubricating oil as the solution and thats dripping. Did the underside of the dash etc., indicate any leaks etc.,
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can be power steering fluid.
May be if PS oils has any opening inside the body

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how did the power steering oil reach the dashboard!?
Did you ever complain of squeeks from your steering wheel. Its possible that some mechanic used lubricating oil as the solution and thats dripping. Did the underside of the dash etc., indicate any leaks etc.,
Nope, have not complained for any steering noise. I just went down to the car, still no dripping, just a casual check by hand does not gives the feel oil. But there is smell in the cabin of some oil. I have kept some tissue papers just on the location where last oil was. Let see if its drip.

But it has happened twice. First time I ignored. This time I will click the pics of the oil. Not sure, but the oil was redish balckish kind. Just like new Engine oil.
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Most probably your steering wheel was lubricated with engine oil. TASC fellows will wipe your dash with diesel, so lubricating steering wheel rod with engine oil is not unthinkable.
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Most probably your steering wheel was lubricated with engine oil. TASC fellows will wipe your dash with diesel, so lubricating steering wheel rod with engine oil is not unthinkable.
possible, as car was serviced 3 weeks back.
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Went to my local mechanic for the observation and was impressed with one look problem identification. Seal and inline grove at the end of speedometer was worn out completely and gear oil was sipping into the cabin from the speedometer cable.

Seal groove cost 120 Rs, labor 50 Rs. Also went for gear oil change.
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which mechanic is this?
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which mechanic is this?
He is in Gurgaon, have shop alongside a spare shop. Shop is Kalra motors, and I trust this shop for genuine Tata spares.

Mechanic has 20 years of deisel cars experience, though he comes from matador, Tata 407 background, he understands all Tata cars very well.
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Default Oil Leak on the driver side mat - Santro Xing

Recently my car was consuming lot of Power steering fluid since couple of months, I kept on topping up and was stupid Not to investigate it properly.
my Floor Mat was having different color (oil spots) at bottom and was too greasy, so was sure P.S. Fluid coming into cabin, still lazy to see it.

Yesterday again fluid was almost gone during city drive, I could feel the stiff steering, today went under bonnet and saw PS Oil was on bottom of reservoir and I started looking with a torch, it took me few seconds to find the culprit.
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Oil dripping on the driver side mat - Indica-ps_leak.jpg
Looks like a simple Oil Seal gone bad, which is clearly visible

Hyundai Service says I might need to leave the car for a day or two, the said it could be A.C. leak, it could be blah blah, but as its clearly visible can someone suggest what approx should be the cost of this repair ?

I am certainly not going to let anyone take me for a ride when problem is already detected.
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I have heard about this issue before. It is seen that when the engine oil level is more than the maximum mark on the dip stick, oil starts dripping inside the cabin. If i remember it correctly it is through one of the cables which comes to the instrument cluster.
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I have heard about this issue before. It is seen that when the engine oil level is more than the maximum mark on the dip stick, oil starts dripping inside the cabin. If i remember it correctly it is through one of the cables which comes to the instrument cluster.
Did you even saw the pic ?
Its clearly visible its coming from Steering wheel Rod.
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Reviving the Old thread,
Hyundai Santro Authorized Service in my town is such a pain in back.
Have visited them many times and they don't want to replace the oil seal I mentioned above.
Sometimes they say its out of stock, or they want the car to be left for 2-3 days at least and this looks shady to me personally.

They also refuse to sell the replacement part to me, they say we won't give the spare if it has to be replaced we'll do it here.

So moral is coming like "neither Fix it, nor let the customer fix it themselves"
certainly such dealers are the ones who work hard to keep companies look professional, such a gut feeling of owning a Hyundai Car.
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Hyundai Santro Authorized Service in my town is such a pain in back.
So moral is coming like "neither Fix it, nor let the customer fix it themselves"
If your car is out of warrantly, check out any other competent private garage. If the garage is good, you could get it done even otherwise.
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If your car is out of warrantly, check out any other competent private garage. If the garage is good, you could get it done even otherwise.
Car is 6+ years old and out of warranty.

I've located a suitable garage to get it done, but only problem is the Original Oil Seal in question is not available in market, all shops have aftermarket one and only H.A.S.S. has the genuine spare which they refuse to sell.

Anyone know if I can get original spare, Its called "Rane Power steering"

Edit: found this http://www.rane.co.in/rtssl/products.html
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