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Old 07-06-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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I just got done with a 1400 mile rt in my '06 2.5i and during stops, there was this very potent smell of grease that was coming from the front end. The trip was driven at speeds of 70-80mph for long periods of time. The temps ranged from 50-110, and elevations of 2,000ft-9,000ft. Also, I drove the car from FL-NV 4 months ago, and didn't have this smell.
I recently installed the Rallitek front and rear sway bars which called for generous amounts of grease to be put on the bushings, so I'm thinking that maybe some of the grease may have slung off of the bushings onto the exhaust, but is there anything else I should look at?
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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CV boots. See if they're torn
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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Check that (swaybar grease), or check your front CV boots. Remember, a total of four on the front. With a torn boot, that smell on the exhaust may be what you're smelling.

My inner passenger side one was recently torn clear off and the grease went all over the hot cat.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:07 PM   #4
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My front right is slowly oozing grease in between the boot and axle it self. Might want to check that out.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:22 PM   #5
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Ok, I checked the cv boots. There is the slightest bit of seepage on the passenger inner boot, but none of them are torn and none of them are slinging grease. however, I did notice that the tranny gasket looks to be leaking a little bit and I'm pretty sure that is where the smell is coming from. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I didn't. It is just in front of the tranny oil pan and has a small gold bleed screw on it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:12 PM   #6
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To add a little bit more: The leak is coming from in between the transmission case and converter case. It's more of a seepage than a leak, but irregardless, I'm taking it to a mechanic to see if this is as big of a deal as I think it is.
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Old 07-18-2010, 04:27 PM   #7
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Update:

I took it to a transmission shop where they looked at it for free. The owner of the shop saw what I was talking about and said that everything looked great underneath the car, and that I shouldn't worry about the seepage because it's normal.

First off, I think that he is full of ****. It is not normal for any car to leak tranny fluid or differential oil. It's been 2 weeks since then and I am quite worried about this. I've checked both the ATF and diff. oil, and both appear to be full. The last thing I want is to have my tranny or diff. crap out.
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If the guy at the tranny shop said it's normal and didn't try to get work out of you, why are you worried about it? He didn't make any money from looking at it and isn't going to make any by saying it's normal.
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:41 PM   #9
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I thought about that too, and I honestly don't know what to think. All that I know is that it is not normal for a car to smell like burning grease...or to leak fluids. I'm going to get a 2nd opinion regardless
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:42 PM   #10
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Ok, so I got it fixed. Turns out that the crush washer on the the front diff drain plug failed. I'm glad that I got it looked at because the front diff was practically dry. A new crush washer and some Amsoil 75w 140 fixed it all.
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