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Old 04-08-2004, 10:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy Leaking Fluid? worried.

Ok can anyone give me an idea on what this may be? Teh fluid is not like water but more of an oil based substance. I'm worried. I'm going to try take her in tomorrow but I still want to know what this is.



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Old 04-09-2004, 11:03 AM   #2
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My guess is that is ATF coming from your power steering pump...
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Old 04-09-2004, 09:49 PM   #3
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What color is it? If it's light brown to dark brown/black, it's engine oil. If it's reddish, it can be power steering fluid, green is coolant, and yellowy-brown is MT tranny fluid, grey is usually just grease.

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Old 04-09-2004, 09:56 PM   #4
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I was working on it with him, and I couldnt tell if it was engine oil or ATF fluid. I couldnt find the leak location, but it might be under the timing belt cover.
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Old 04-16-2004, 04:15 AM   #5
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I was working on it with him, and I couldnt tell if it was engine oil or ATF fluid. I couldnt find the leak location, but it might be under the timing belt cover.
Why would you have ATF near the timing belt cover? The trans is on the other side of the engine.
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Old 04-16-2004, 01:49 PM   #6
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In addition to color, you can sometimes i.d. a fluid by it's odor. Coolant smells sweet, p.s. fluid has a sharp burnt smell to it, and oil smells like oil of course.
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Old 04-16-2004, 07:12 PM   #7
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In addition to color, you can sometimes i.d. a fluid by it's odor. Coolant smells sweet, p.s. fluid has a sharp burnt smell to it, and oil smells like oil of course.
Coolant also has a sweet taste to it. It's poisonfully delicious.

Just by looking at the pic, without access to a better pic, I'm guessing it's either engine oil or power steering fluid.
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Old 04-16-2004, 11:16 PM   #8
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Why would you have ATF near the timing belt cover? The trans is on the other side of the engine.
ATF is what you use for power steering fluid.
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ATF is what you use for power steering fluid.
I guess it shows that I've never owned an automatic, and my RS is the first with power steering.
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